Panicum virgatum Northwind Grasses are striking architectural plants. These super grasses form dense, narrow, strongly upright clumps of narrow, linear olive-green to dark green leaves which are topped in late Summer by golden flower spires that appear to hover cloud-like above the foliage. As the year progresses both flowers and foliage darken to a golden bronze, making for beautiful ornamental displays in Autumn and providing cover for birds.
Perfect for cutting down maintenance in your garden and providing graceful height and interest. Panicum virgatum Northwind Grasses (Switchgrass) look wonderful at the back of a border, in a Mediterranean or prairie style garden, or as a feature in a large courtyard garden, and are incredibly striking in swathes along a sunny border adding gentle elegance to your planting schemes. They are also ideal for planting near ponds or streams. Alternatively, plant with other ornamental grasses, with wildflowers such as Rudbeckia and Verbena for a natural look, or at the back of a border with Campanula, Nepeta and Lychnis planted in front and amongst them.
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For best results with Panicum virgatum Northwind grasses (Switchgrass), plant them in full sun though they will tolerate partial shade (note that too much shade may cause them to lose their upright nature and they may flop over), in fertile, moist, but well drained soil, though they will tolerate drier soils once established. Cut back old growth close to ground level in early Spring (use the cuttings on your border as a natural mulch!). How to grow Panicum virgatum Northwind Position: Full sun, partial shade
Foliage: Deciduous, perennial
Soil and site: Best in moist, fertile, well-drained soil
Flowering time: Summer to late Autumn
Growth rate: Moderate/fast
Ultimate height and spread: Height 120cm to 180cm, spread to approximately 75cm
Hardiness: Hardy once established
Aftercare: Cut back old dead growth close to ground level in early Spring.