Our Panicums are warm season prairie grasses native to North America. Resistant to heat, drought and extreme cold, Switch Grass hosts a cloud of inflorescences—a mystifying hologram of tiny red seeds that mature to black in late summer. If grown in drifts and not cut back until early spring, Panicums promise a lively winter show. After several frosty nights, they stiffen and adopt the warm glowing color and soft rustling sound of wheat.
Panicum virgatum ‘Thundercloud’ (G-0601)
The mighty brainchild of Michigan nurseryman Gary Trucks, this easy-care Panicum ‘Cloud Nine’ and Panicum ‘Northwind’ hybrid soars to lofty heights. Crowned by misty pinkish tan panicles, steadfast broad blue-green blades compose an upright and slightly arching, 8 ft. profile that swaggers a magnificent bearing even in winter, remaining tall through wind, heavy rain and snow. ‘Thundercloud’s handsome bird-friendly foliage and open blooms can grace a vase, flank a mixed border, serve as a screen, or stand-alone as a stately specimen in a stylized meadow. (pp#20,665)
Size: 7' 0" – 8' 0" high x 3' 0" – 4' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Panicum amarum ‘Dewey Blue’
- Panicum cirgatum ‘Summer Sunrise’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Cape Breeze’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Cloud Nine’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Heiliger Hain’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Prairie Sky’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Purple Tears’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Rehbraun’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Rotstrahlbusch’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Ruby Ribbons’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Trailblazer’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Warrior’