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Panicum virgatum 'Cloud Nine'
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Panicum virgatum 'Cloud Nine'

Giant Blue Switchgrass

Item #: 1785

Zones: 4a to 9b

Height: 72" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 2 qt. (1.9 L)

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This selection of native switchgrass from Maryland's defunct Bluemount Nursery must be a panicum on steroids! I first saw P. 'Cloud Nine' at Longwood Gardens, where visitors were gawking, snapping pictures, and making notes. The strongly growing, 6' tall, vertical clumps of metallic-blue foliage are topped by giant, reddish-brown, cloud-like plumes in late summer through fall. As the flowers fade, their sheer size causes the clump to billow out like an inebriated woman with big hair. I recommend some strong neighbors nearby for support if horizontal space is an issue...at least for the grass. This is one totally awesome...I'm running out of adjectives...INCREDIBLE grass!!!