Prairie Winds Totem Pole Switch Grass - August 2021
I picked up a new (to me) grass at the Spring Morton Arboretum Plant Sale. It is called Panicum virgatum 'Totem Pole' and a couple of the defining characteristics are the blue color and the immense size. The tag lists this thing being 72" tall at maturity, so it is a tall cultivar, for sure. I planted it back in early June after deciding that I thought it would work well in one of the front beds - kind of tucked behind the troubled Norway Maple tree. I've planted various things in/around the tree over the years and I've had absolutely ZERO luck with just about anything. Hostas fail. Grasses fail. The hydrangeas and boxwoods that live within the drip-line of the tree? They're all in decline.
But, I thought that maybe this grass could be the plant that changes the course of this bed. I've been watering this switchgrass whenever I water the front lawn, but other than that, I've mostly left it alone.
I went out front recently and noticed that it has started to send up some seed heads. You can see them below: