Northwind Switch Grass

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The Northwind Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'), is a very upright and erect growing warm-season Ornamental Grass, known for its tolerance for heavy snow load. A wonderful textural and structural element for your landscape!

The strong, upright growing blades are a solid, deep-green during the growing season, before turning golden in the fall. Holding this fall color through the winter! Easy care and very low maintenance, this grass sways and rustles in the breeze, offering sensory elements to the garden!

The tall, delicate inflorescences are golden-yellow and rise gracefully above the foliage during autumn, persisting all winter to offer four-season interest! You'll love the swaying, airy motion these lend to the garden atmosphere!

Planting and Application:

Northwind is an excellent background plant, providing structure, motion, privacy and texture to the garden and landscape! It is quite handsome when used in groups or as an accent plant. Coastal gardens and formal gardens both benefit from this tough grass! Mixing and mingling well with all colors, they add grace, color, plus texture year-round!

Since this grass tolerates wet soils, it is a fine choice for water gardens or along stream banks, water features and rain gardens or where the gutters drain. Deer avoid this water-wise plant so it's great for en masse in out-of-the-way areas. Ornamental grasses are amazing in the perennial and butterfly gardens, or with prairie natives and Xeriscaping, plus it provides excellent cover and food for wildlife.

  • Deep-Green Ornamental Grass
  • 6-Foot Tall Upright Form
  • Foliage and Flowers Turn Golden in Autumn
  • Dense, Upright Selection of a Native
  • Winter Interest, Sound, Color, Texture, Motion!

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Northwind is spreading, easy-care, versatile and tolerant of a wide range of soil and climatic conditions and is an improved form of the native. Hardy USDA zones 3-9, it's a warm-season perennial grass, so don't be alarmed if it's not growing in early spring. Switch Grass loves moist, well-draining, fertile soil. However, it also tolerates sand, dry soils and slopes, and boggy areas. Even doing well in clay conditions, alkalinity, occasional drought, moderate salinity, and incidental seasonal flooding!

  • Full Sun & Part Shade
  • Moist to Dry (Once Established) Well-Drained Soil
  • Easy To Grow - Incredibly Versatile & Adaptable
  • Deer-Resistant
  • Warm-Season Grass Variety
  • Tolerates Snow Load

Northwind is tough! Add drama and grace to your landscape without the fuss. Northwind Switch Grass is a popular plant that always sells out fast here at Nature Hills so order yours now!

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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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

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.

From To S&H
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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Northwind Switch Grass Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 5 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Adaptable
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Deep Green
Foliage Deep Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring