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Northwind Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'

10 reviews


Northwind Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'

10 reviews

  • Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions
  • Drought-resistant and low-maintenance
  • Beautiful, upright clumping form adds texture and height to gardens
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Why Northwind Switch Grass?

Northwind Switch Grass is a tall and sturdy grass that is perfect for creating a striking focal point in any garden or landscape. With its upright growth habit and feathery plumes that turn golden in the fall, this grass provides year-round interest and texture. It is also drought tolerant and low maintenance, making it a great choice for busy gardeners. Additionally, this grass is a native species, which means it supports local wildlife and helps promote biodiversity in the ecosystem.

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Northwind Switch Grass requires full sun to thrive. It prefers to be exposed to direct sunlight for at least 6 hours a day.

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Northwind Switch Grass has a low to moderate watering requirement. It is a drought-tolerant grass and can withstand dry periods. However, to maintain optimal growth and health, it is recommended to provide regular watering, especially during periods of pro

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The fertilizer requirement for Northwind Switch Grass may vary depending on the soil conditions, but generally, a balanced fertilizer with equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (NPK ratio of 10-10-10) can be applied during the growing season

Northwind Switch Grass, scientifically known as Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’, is a cultivar of the switch grass, a deciduous, ornamental, native perennial.  One of the best vertical varieties of switch grasses, this cultivar is dense, upright, compact, and columnar with a clumping habit. 

The elegant leaves are olive to bluish-green. In the late summer, the flowers appear as pink and green spike-lets in large panicles. Maturing to beige, the flowers persist well into winter. 

Northwind Switch Grass is easy to grow and adaptable to most soil types. It prefers semi-moist to wet soils. In the first growing season, it needs regular watering to establish an extensive root system. 

But once established, it tolerates mild drought. Fertilization and pruning should be done annually in late winter to early spring. It needs little to nothing else. Order yours from Shurbhub today to start enjoying it!


Plant Information:

Botanical Name: Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'
USDA Zones: 3-9
Water: Adaptable
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Needs: Well Drained
Mature Height: 5 - 6 feet
Mature Spread: 2 - 3 feet
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Pollination Info

Pollination Info for Northwind Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum 'Northwind')

Northwind Switch Grass is a perennial grass that is wind-pollinated, meaning it does not require insect pollinators to reproduce. Its flowers are small and inconspicuous, without brightly colored petals or strong fragrances that might attract insects.

Instead, the Northwind Switch Grass relies on the wind to carry its pollen from the male flower to the female flower. The male flowers are located at the top of the stems and produce pollen, while the female flowers are located slightly lower and have feathery stigmas that catch and trap the pollen.

Once pollinated, the female flowers develop into seeds that can be dispersed by the wind or carried by animals. The seeds are an important food source for many birds and small mammals, and can also be used to propagate new Northwind Switch Grass plants.

Overall, Northwind Switch Grass is a hardy and low-maintenance plant that can thrive in a range of growing conditions. Its unique pollination strategy makes it an important part of many ecosystems and a valuable addition to any garden or landscape.


Northwind Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum 'Northwind') FAQ

What is Northwind Switch Grass?

Northwind Switch Grass, also known as Panicum virgatum 'Northwind', is a warm-season perennial grass native to North America. It is known for its upright growth habit and blue-green foliage that turns golden-yellow in the fall.

What are the growing requirements for Northwind Switch Grass?

Northwind Switch Grass grows best in full sun and well-drained soils. It can tolerate drought once established and is adaptable to a variety of soil types, including clay and sandy soils. In terms of hardiness zones, it can grow in zones 4-9.

How does Northwind Switch Grass propagate?

Northwind Switch Grass can propagate through rhizomes, but is more commonly propagated through division in the spring or fall.

When is the best time to plant Northwind Switch Grass?

The best time to plant Northwind Switch Grass is in the spring or fall. Planting in the fall allows for the roots to establish before winter, while planting in the spring allows for growth during the warmer months.

How tall does Northwind Switch Grass grow?

Northwind Switch Grass typically grows 4-5 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide.

Does Northwind Switch Grass require pruning?

Northwind Switch Grass does not require pruning, but can be cut back in late winter or early spring before new growth appears to promote a more compact growth habit.

Does Northwind Switch Grass attract wildlife?

Yes, Northwind Switch Grass is known to attract birds with its seed heads and provide cover for small mammals.

Is Northwind Switch Grass invasive?

No, Northwind Switch Grass is not invasive and is a useful plant for erosion control, as well as for its ornamental value in landscaping.

Planting & Care

Planting and Care for Northwind Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum 'Northwind')


  • Choose a location with full sun to part shade.
  • Make sure the soil is well-drained.
  • Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball and loosen the soil at the bottom of the hole.
  • Place the plant in the hole and backfill with soil, making sure the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding soil.
  • Water thoroughly.


  • Water regularly, especially during the first growing season.
  • Once established, Northwind Switch Grass is drought tolerant and only needs to be watered during extended dry periods.
  • Fertilize in the spring with a balanced fertilizer.
  • Cut back the foliage to a few inches above the ground in late winter or early spring before new growth appears.
  • Divide the plant in early spring every few years to maintain its vigor.
  • Northwind Switch Grass is generally pest and disease resistant.

Follow these planting and care tips to enjoy the beauty and easy maintenance of Northwind Switch Grass in your garden.

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