Panicum Prairie Winds Niagara Falls
Panicum  Prairie Winds 'Niagara Falls' photo courtesy of Walters Gardens

Switch Grass

About This Grass

Notably wide for a Panicum, 'Niagara Falls' is excellent for filling space in the landscape. Thisnative ornamental grass looks like a Miscanthus in the landscape with arching foliage, but adds the powder blue color characteristic of Switch Grass. In fall, sprays of cream seed heads pack the top of the plant.

  • Height: 114-122 cm (45-48 in)
  • Spread: 114-122 cm (45-48 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4-9
  • Sun or Shade: full sun
  • Bloom Time: late summer
  • Leaf Colour: powder blue
  • Bloom Colour: tan
  • Critter Resistance: deer and rabbits
  • Nature Attraction: birds

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Panicum is a very easy native grass that is adaptable to a wide range of conditions. It prefers moist, fertile soil but will grow in any soil from sand to clay. It is drought tolerant once established. It will perform best in full sun, flopping over if it gets too much shade. It is tolerant of wind and salt making it a good choice for a more exposed site or an area that might be salted in the winter.


Proven Winners Introduction