Another Roy Diblik introduction, 'Northwind' Switch Grass took the title of the American Perennial Association's "Perennial Plant of the Year" in 2014. 'Northwind' switchgrass is an exceptionally decorative selection, with the stout upright form of a miscanthus. Beautiful, steel-blue blades grace the plant through the summer, changing to a bright yellow to gold in the fall. Northwind Switchgrass is one of the taller varieties, growing 4-5 feet tall, even 6 feet in a rich soil. Northwind switchgrass retains its tight, upright form through the winter, unlike some varieties which fall apart at the end of the season. The plants are vigorous and grow quickly to size, really taking off after a year in the ground.
Northwind Switchgrass is a very useful variety for landscaping, offering both aesthetic and ecological benefits. The dense, sturdy clumps offer plenty of cover for birds and animals, especially over the winter. Birds love the seeds, which are available through the winter when food is more scarce. Use Northwind Switchgrass as an individual accent plant, or as a mass planting - The upright clumps are easy to accommodate even in a smaller garden, though they do get very tall. Northwind Switchgrass hails from the Midwest, and is very adaptable - It can tolerate heat, drought, heavy rainfall, and bitter cold winter temperatures, holding up in the strongest of winds.
'Northwind' switchgrass is just about bulletproof, very easy to grow! Switchgrass does best in a full, direct sunlight spot, though it can take partial shade. Switchgrass roots can grow down to 10 feet deep, absorbing plenty of rainfall and contributin to soil organic content.
Our Northwind Switch Grass quart SuperPlug™ pots will establish quickly. Plant the soft fabric pot directly in the ground for best results; plants will reach full size after 1 growing season.
|Common Name:||Northwind Switchgrass|
|Botanical Name:||Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'|
|USDA Hardiness Zones:||4-9|
|Flower Color:||Green (Grass)|
|Bloom Time:||Late Summer|
|Habit:||Strongly Upright Clump|
|Light Exposure:||Full Sun to Part Shade, Prairies and Forest Clearings|
|Soil Moisture:||Moist to Dry|
|Soil Texture:||Clay to Sandy Loam|
|Soil PH:||Slightly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline|
|Landscape Uses:||Accent Plant, Mass Planting|
|Benefits:||Good Form, Drought Tolerant, Rabbit Resistant, Deer Resistant|
|Ecological Function:||Larval Food Source, Forage, Shelter|