Panicum virgatum ‘Cloud Nine’

Tall Switchgrass

Mature Height: 7-8 feet

Mature Width: 7-8 feet

USDA Hardiness Zone Range:  4-9

Water Requirements:  Average

Shade Requirements:  Full Sun


This Panicum is called Tall Switchgrass for a very good reason. At seven feet, eight feet with blooms, it is one of the tallest of the switchgrasses. During the growing season, it has stunning blue gray foliage, which turns a deep gold color in the fall. Airy, billowy seed heads appear in mid summer and remain attractive into winter. The grass does best when planted in full sun. Tall Switchgrass grows in a loose vase shape and should be allowed some space in the landscape. Like others in the Panicum genus, it tolerates dry conditions, poor soil and prefers no fertilizer or special care simply cut back in early spring. Panicum virgatum‘Cloud Nine’ is a great native grass substitution for Miscanthus.

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