SWITCH GRASS IS THE “2014 PERENNIAL PLANT OF THE YEAR”
The plant’s common name is switch grass. According to PPA, “Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’ spreads slowly to form erect clumps of slender steel-blue leaves about 5 feet tall.
“In late summer, the foliage is topped by a haze of showy finely textured flower panicles that rise to 6 or even 7 feet and that open golden yellow and mature to beige.”
The plants are easy to grow and will enhance any sunny border, PPA says. In addition, flower arrangers find the foliage and plumes useful for arrangements.
The Perennial Plant of the Year program began in 1990 to showcase a perennial that is a standout among its competitors. Perennials chosen are suitable for a wide range of growing climates, require low maintenance, have multiple-season interest and are relatively pest/disease-free. PPA members vote for the Perennial Plant of the Year each summer.
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