Proven Winners Perennials

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UPC: 794094307946
Shipping: Calculated at Checkout
Common Name: Switch Grass
Plant Type: Perennial, Ornamental Grass
Exposure: Sun
Hardiness Zone: 4-9
Bloom Color: Brown
Bloom Time: Summer-Fall
Garden Height: 6 Feet
Garden Spread: 2 1/2 Feet
Size Category: Tall: 36 Inches or more
Deer Resistant: Yes
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Pot Size: 5.25 Inch Square Pot

Panicum virgatum PRAIRIE WINDS® 'Totem Pole'


Pot Size: 5.25 Inch Square Pot

  • Narrow, upright form
  • Gray-green color with tan seed heads
  • Resists flopping

Totem Pole is a terrific new Switch Grass that is an improvement over previous varieties. It is as tall as many others, but unusually narrow, making it an excellent selection for smaller beds or tight spots where you need some height, but don't have room for wide-spreading grass. It resists flopping over in weather extremes, though heavy snow may still weigh it down. The clean blue-green foliage is topped with yellowish-green flower clusters that turn tan in the autumn. Great for back of the border, or mass planting in narrow areas for a more formal look. U.S. native.

Uses: Borders, Cut Flowers, Landscapes, Mass Plantings, Naturalizing, Rain Gardens
Nature Attraction: Birds
Critter Resistance: Deer Resistant
Notable Features: Drought Tolerant, Salt Tolerant, Native
Growth Habit: Upright

Homeowner Growing Tips: Prefers full sun and moderately fertile, well-drained soil, though adaptable to most soils. Cut to 3" - 4" in late winter. Divide from mid-spring to early summer, if necessary.

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  • Totem Pole grass

    Posted by Ruthie P. on Jul 8th 2022

    Since its said online that shippingcwould start Aug. 15, it was a great surprise today when they totem pole grasses arrived!! They look fantastic. Per instructions, I will pamper them before planting. Thank you Romance Garden, for a great surprise and beautiful grasses!! I will be ordering from you again!!

  • Live plants

    Posted by Mike watkins on May 24th 2021

    All plants arrived in great health and look great. I will be ordering again next year.