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Panicum virgatum Prairie Winds® Totem Pole (Blue Switch Grass)

(Prairie Winds® Collection) This tall clump-forming warm season grass features pendulous steel blue leaves with hints of red that turn deeper shades of purple-red in autumn and fade to beige in winter, while airy golden flower panicles appear in late summer. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late summer
HARDY to -30°F (-34°C)
6 ft tall x 2.5 ft wide
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant
Tolerant to juglone
Salt tolerant

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Zone Zone 4
Exposure Full Sun
Moisture Low to Moderate Moisture
Native to Native Cultivar
Patent Info PPAF, CPBRAF
Brand Proven Winners

Compact lavender-blue daisy-like flowers grows thickly on green foliage. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late summer to mid fall
1.5 ft tall x 2 ft wide
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Deer resistant
Attracts butterflies
Moderate salt tolerance

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Tubular, fluted golden yellow rays open around a darker yellow centre disk. Foliage of upright stems and dark green leaves forms a compact mound. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms early to late summer
1-1.5 ft tall x 1-1.5 ft wide
Deer and rabbit tolerant
Attracts butterflies
Drought tolerant

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Orange petals that fade out to yellow tips surround a large orange-brown centre cone and grow tall above deep green foliage. Rapid growth rate.

Use as cut or dried flowers. Be sure to keep some flowers in the garden over winter, as the blackened seedheads provide cold-season garden interest, as well as food for finches and other winter birds.

Blooms early to late summer
1.5-2.5 ft tall x 2-2.5 ft spread
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant

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(Summerific® Series) Large dinnerplate-sized blooms of lavender pink with a small dark red eye grow on compact midnight green foliage. Fast growth rate.

Blooms mid-summer to fall
3-4 ft tall x 3-4 ft spread
HARDY to -20°F (-28.9°C)
Deer and rabbit resistant
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Humidity tolerant
Long blooming
Deciduous

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This tall, slender perennial features widely branched inflorescence bearing fluffy blooms of bright fuchsia flowers that are a magnet for Monarch butterflies. The bright green, narrow grass-like foliage turns an attractive shade of bronze in fall. Slow growth rate.

Blooms early summer
1-3 ft tall x 1-2 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Drought tolerant
Deer and rabbit resistant

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Masses of bright yellow ray flowers with dark brown centres bloom on bright green, hairy foliage in a compact, dwarf habit. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms early to late summer
1 ft tall x 1.5-2 ft spread
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Drought tolerant
Deer and rabbit resistant
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds

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This clump-forming warm season grass features tall, pendulous blue-green leaves, while pink-tinged flower panicles appear midsummer. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late summer
HARDY to -30°F (-34°C)
7 ft tall x 5-6 ft wide
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant
Tolerant to juglone
Attracts pollinators
Salt tolerant

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This graceful clump-forming warm season grass features narrow dark green leaves that lighten to gold, then to beige in autumn, while showy purple-black bottlebrush flower panicles appear in late summer. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late summer
HARDY to -20°F (-28.9°C)
2-2.5 ft tall x 1.5-2 ft wide
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant
Tolerant to juglone

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