Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'


Tips for Homeowners:

Cut back to the ground in early spring.

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The strong vertical form is ideal for placement in small gardens or as a backdrop for shorter plants. Its beauty and the sound from the wind make it a joy in any spot. 

  • Tall, columnar habit
  • Showy flowers
  • Golden winter foliage

Terrific grass for naturalizing in meadows or wild gardens and excellent for perennial borders planted singly or in large groups.

Height: 4-5 ft
Spread: 2-3 ft
Zone: 2-9
Color: Pink

Interesting Notes about Switchgrass:

The original switch grass is a Kansas prairie native, and many of the cultivars do very well here with little care. They need lots of sun or the foliage may tip over if in too much shade.  

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Cut Flower/ Foliage
  • Low Maintenance
  • Native
  • Mass Planting
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Specimen
  • Great Foliage
  • Winter Interest
  • Border or Bed
  • Award Winning

Foliage Color:

  • Green
  • Blue


  • Full Sun

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Fall

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Winter

Soil Moisture:

  • Dry Soil
  • Average Water