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2014 Perennial Plant of the Year

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The 2014 Perennial Plant of the Year has been announced – Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’!

The third ornamental grass to have held this honor (Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’ in 2001 and Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ in 2009), Northwind is a warm-season perennial grass (known as switchgrass) with very straight blue-green foliage.  A slow-growing, clumping grass, Northwind will reach a height of 5 feet, with finely textured flower panicles reaching up to 7 feet high. 

In the fall, the leaves turn a warm, golden-yellow shade.

Easy to grow, Northwind enjoys bright sun or light shade, is drought tolerant, not appealing to deer and has no serious disease or insect problems. 

Guess I need to find a new spot to dig up!

The pictures below show Northwind throughout the seasons.





Author: gardenchatter

I'm a Horticulturalist, Master Gardener and member of the Garden Writers Association who enjoys playing in the dirt and experimenting with different veggies, plants and flowers in my Zone 5 garden. Check out With a recent addition of a greenhouse, my newest passion is growing-your-own. And what fun that is. Yes, there's the odd failure, but there's nothing quite as satisfying as walking through the veggie patch collecting dinner. My own little piece of heaven!

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