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Tall and graceful grass for your garden!  

What do you think of when you think of a Totem Pole? A tall, narrow structure meant to evoke majestic reverence and awe?

That’s exactly what Totem Pole Switchgrass does, too!

This new 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!

Since the base of the 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.

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 Totem Pole on cold days.

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.

Totem Pole is proven deer resistant and very hardy in full sun.

Add texture and motion to your garden this year. Order Totem Pole Switchgrass today!

* Tall and narrow grass
* Versatile
* Full sun
* Hardy
* Easy
* Great in small spaces

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

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 .655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
3.5" Container Equal to .67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume
4" Container Equal to .87 dry quart / .96 dry liter 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
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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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'
Foliage Perennial grass
Mature Height 5 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 2 feet
Soil Type Sny soils
Moisture Water to establish, and as needed when dry
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Tan seed heads
Foliage Color Steel blue with powdery blue stems
Fall Color Yellow