Panicum virgatum 'Northwind' - Northwind Switchgrass
Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'
'Northwind' is a tall, clump-forming grass with steel blue foliage. The wide, thick leaf blades and upright form make this cultivar a standout in the garden, even through the winter. This bunch grass provides excellent cover and food for ducks, upland game birds, songbirds, and small mammals.
- Wind-resistant form for great winter interest
- Stands erect all season with showy blue foliage
- Use flowers in fresh or dried arrangments
- Provides nest sites, protective cover, and food for birds
- The Grass Family is an essential larval host for most banded skippers and satyrs
- Tolerates a wide range of growing conditions, including poor or wet soils
Woodlands edge, breaks, fields, marshes, prairies, and roadsides; Nova Scotia to Manitoba south to Nevada and Florida.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
MAP KEY: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Clumping grasses like this are also known as bunch grasses. Use these grasses en masse mixed with meadow shrubs to provide ideal wildlife habitat. This kind of layout provides protective cover, quality nesting areas, and food for birds and insects.
Grows well in average, moist, or wet soil in full or partial sun. Will tolerate occasionally dry soil. Leave the foliage in place for winter interest and to provide homes for over-wintering wildlife. Cut back to the ground in late winter before new growth begins. Plants can self-sow but are not invasive.