Cloud Nine Switch Grass

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Bold, Impressive, Big Cloud Nine Switch Grass

  • Large, Sculptural Ornamental Grass
  • Never Needs Staking
  • Dense Screen of Arching, Blue Foliage
  • Beautiful Clouds of Open and Airy Seed Heads
  • Glowing, Harvest Gold Fall Color
  • Use as Specimen or Privacy Screen
  • Easy-Care Warm-Season Grass

Whether you are adding to an established garden, or setting up a brand new landscape design, you'll want to take a good, long look at Cloud Nine Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum 'Cloud Nine'). This magnificent, low-maintenance plant can provide critical structure and strategic privacy.

It gets large. You'll need to read the Plant Highlights and give it plenty of room to spread out to its full width. Towering, yet graceful. Bold, yet sinuous. Big, dense impact on the bottom, yet light and airy up top. Compact, yet delicate!

You'll love the contrast between the thick, lush, fountains of blue-green foliage and the tiny, dancing seedheads that float above it. Use Cloud Nine as an important feature in your landscape.

Don't worry, though. It only looks dramatic. This Ornamental Grass is very easy to grow and maintain. Growing naturally upright, there is no staking needed. Flower panicles start showing off midway through the growing season. The yellow and tan, airy seedheads emerge from the blue foliage. Get ready to be mesmerized as they catch even the slightest breeze.

There is nothing like adding Ornamental Grass to add motion and gentle sound to your Great Outdoors. Super-sized Cloud Nine will become a total rock star in your design. Order yours today!

How to Use Cloud Nine Switch Grass in the Landscape

Try one as a big, bold specimen! Cloud Nine looks great every season and adds fast impact to foundation plantings and Rock gardens. Use this large, bold ornamental as a great focal point plant. Make the most of a wide entrance with a pair of them, acting as sentinels. Plant one on either side of the opening and get ready for compliments.

Place it where you need to boost your privacy , or plant a winding row of them for privacy screening. Easily block out unsightly views, while adding a tremendous presence in your yard. Vary the spacing from 3 to 5 feet apart for the most natural look. Create a mulched garden bed and underplant them with tough, pretty Groundcover Roses or a few Evergreen shrubs like Mugo Pine.

Capitalize on their large size to screen out ugly views in sunny areas. 3 or 5 of them planted in a row behind your patio seating would look amazing, and help you relax in your backyard. Try several Ornamental Grasses in a loose grouping on a raised berm, or front and center where all will see it - directly in the front lawn!

Try repeating several of them on the sunny side of Evergreen trees to soften them and add motion. Or, plant on the north side of smaller plants as a memorable backdrop. For a solid screen, you'll plant them 3 - 4 feet apart on center. Increase that spacing to 4 - 5 feet apart on center for a more rustic look. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Give Switchgrass a spot in full sun or partial shade, with at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day. They tolerate a wide range of soils, including dry soils. However, the soil does need to be well-drained. If you have poor drainage, bring in additional soil and mound it up 18 inches high and 3 feet wide. Plant directly in that raised mound.

Water carefully the first year to get that plant established. After that, it is simple to grow but warm-season grasses do start a bit later than other Ornamental Grasses. Please, have a bit of patience in the springtime.

Leave the foliage to dry for winter interest. In early spring before it starts to grow, cut all stems down to just a couple of inches from the ground. Use a utility saw, jab saw or hacksaw to make it really easy.

Try using the dried leaves and stems you as mulch in your veggie garden to keep your plants clean and weed-free. 'Chop and drop' the long blades of grass for success!

Enjoy this Big Boy! It will look amazing in your yard every year while asking very little in return. Order Cloud Nine Switch Grass today from!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Cloud Nine Switch Grass Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Panicum virgatum 'Cloud Nine'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 7 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Blue-Gray
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring