Northwind Switchgrass

September 1, 2021

Northwind Switchgrass

Characteristics & Cultural Requirements

  • Height/Spread: 6-8 feet tall by 24-36 inches wide
  • Habit/Form: Upright
  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil: Moist/well-drained soil

Ornamental Value

Ornamental grasses add structure and texture to a landscape without feeling heavy. Northwind Switchgrass is a choice variety for it’s clean upright habit and dense foliage. The medium green foliage reaches 4-6’ tall and can act as a backdrop, accent, or screening plant. Around the middle of summer the flower panicles appear and dance above the foliage creating an attractive pink-tinged shimmer. We recommend leaving the grasses up for the winter months to add winter interest to the garden. The seed heads also provide a food source for the local bird population. Northwind Switchgrass is tolerant of a variety of soil conditions and is drought and salt tolerant making it a good option in urban settings.

Landscape Uses

Naturalized plantings, foundations and borders, urban sites

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