Totem Pole Switch Grass

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Graceful garden grass perfect for tight spaces and smaller gardens, the Totem Pole Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum PRAIRIE WINDS 'Totem Pole') is exactly what you think of when you think of a Totem Pole!

This fantastic warm-season Ornamental Grass grows from spring through summer into a very vertical column of blue-gray foliage and powder-blue stems. Then, in autumn, the top of the grass explodes like fireworks with gold seed panicles. The effect is overwhelmingly beautiful!

Panicum is hardy enough to withstand the cold winter throughout USDA growing zones 4 to 9. This warm-season grass may show up to the spring party late, but shows off big time for the rest of the year! Growing only 2 feet wide but 5-6 feet tall, Totem Pole gives you tallgrass prairie vibes without needing acres of space!

Planting and Application:

Need a tall, narrow, and flowing garden focal point to evoke majestic reverence and awe? Since the base of the Totem Pole Switch Grass clump stays small and narrow, it is a perfect plant for small spaces, as the 'footprint' is so small. It gives visual height and heft without taking up a lot of actual room. If you have a smaller garden, this grass will not only fit it, it will define it.

From a design perspective, this is a very versatile plant. Use it as a backlit specimen to draw your eye to the end of the garden. Use it in masses for a native tall-grass prairie look. Put it by the pool for a romantic screen. Plant it by ponds and streams for a rustic look. It even looks great in a container by the entryway!

Switchgrass adds graceful movement and peaceful music when blowing in the wind, but don't let the grace and peace fool you into thinking this is a pansy. (No offense to our annual flower friends!) Totem Pole is very sturdy and will keep its shape all winter unless the snows are really heavy. Birds love to shelter in Switch Grass and peck at the seeds in their plumes throughout the cold winter months! Add to your Rock gardens and Sensory Gardens to enjoy rugged texture and beauty!

  • Powdery Blue-Green/Blue-Gray Stems & Foliage
  • Tall & Narrow Warm-Season Grass
  • Great For Tight Spaces
  • Golden Panicles in Fall
  • Edging, Groupings, Walkways, Specimen, Containers & Garden Accent

#ProPlantTips for Care:

The full sun is best for this heat-loving, warm-season Ornamental Grass! Totem Pole thrives in most well-drained soil types and is a low moisture use plant once established. However xeric grasses can be, they do look best when provided a drink during extended drought. This warm-season grass should be cut to the ground each year in late winter or early spring before it starts to grow, and can be divided if the clump gets too large at that time. Switch Grass is resilient in heat, humidity, drought, wind, and even salt, plus deer seldom bother it!

  • Full Sun Lover
  • Low Moisture Needs Once Established
  • Any Well-Drained Soil Type
  • Divide Every 3-5 Years
  • Prune Early Spring
  • Versatile & Hardy

Add texture and motion to your garden this year without sacrificing space! Order Totem Pole Switchgrass today from Nature Hills Nursery and get your Ornamental Grass shipped to your doorstep at the proper planting time for your growing zone!

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Totem Pole Switch Grass Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Proven Winners
Botanical Name Panicum virgatum PRAIRIE WINDS 'Totem Pole'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 5 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 2 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Powdery Blue/Gray/Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring