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Panicum virgatum Niagara Falls / Switch Grass

    Panicum virgatum Niagara Falls / Switch Grass


    Panicum virgatum 'Niagara Falls' is a stunning ornamental grass that is highly valued for its beauty and versatility. This cultivar is a selection of the native Switchgrass and features a unique fountain-like form that adds interest to any landscape.

    Product Characteristics:
    • Height: 4-5 feet
    • Spread: 2-3 feet
    • Flower color: pinkish-red
    • Flowering period: late summer to fall
    • Foliage: blue-green
    • Sunlight requirements: full sun to partial shade
    • Soil requirements: well-draining soil, adaptable to various soil types
    • Hardiness Zone: 4

    'Niagara Falls' can be used in a variety of settings including meadow gardens, naturalistic landscapes, and mixed borders. It can also be used as an accent plant, adding texture and movement to the garden.

    This grass is highly valued for its ability to withstand harsh growing conditions, such as drought and poor soil. It is low-maintenance and requires little to no fertilizer. Additionally, it is highly attractive to birds and butterflies, making it an excellent choice for wildlife gardens.

    Companion Plants:

    • Aster novi-belgii 'Alert': This stunning fall-blooming aster has masses of pink daisy-like flowers with yellow centers that complement the blue-green foliage of Panicum virgatum 'Niagara Falls' beautifully.
    • Asclepias tuberosa: This drought-tolerant native milkweed produces bright orange flowers in mid-summer that provide a bold contrast to the blue-green foliage of 'Niagara Falls'.
    • Liatris spicata 'Kobold': The fluffy purple flower spikes of this mid-summer bloomer add texture and interest to the garden when paired with Panicum virgatum 'Niagara Falls'.

    Care Instructions:
    'Niagara Falls' prefers well-draining soil and should be watered regularly during its first growing season to establish a deep root system. Once established, it is highly tolerant of drought conditions. The plant should be cut back to the ground in late winter or early spring to encourage new growth.

    Final Thoughts:
    Overall, Panicum virgatum 'Niagara Falls' is a beautiful and versatile ornamental grass that is an excellent addition to any garden. Its unique fountain-like form and low-maintenance requirements make it an ideal choice for those looking to add texture and movement to their landscape.