Ornamental Grass - Tall Switch - One 3.25" Dormant Potted Plant

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Fall 2023 Shipping Schedule: 3/1/2024

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About this Variety

Panicum virgatum 'Thundercloud' PP20665 Need a screen, accent or back-of-the-border plant? Look no further than the big, bodacious Panicum virgatum ‘Thundercloud’. Rising to 8 feet with an impressive crown of airy, open panicles, Tall Switchgrass has a magnificent presence in the landscape. The panicles persist well into the winter, making a great addition to cut flower arrangements. Its upright foliage resists flopping, even under heavy winds and rain. ‘Thundercloud’ is a cross between Panicum virgatum ‘Cloud Nine’ and Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’. Its appearance is most similar to two other blue foliage cultivars, Panicum virgatum ‘Dallas Blues’ PP11202 and Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’, but has a more open flower and taller habit. Propagation is strictly prohibited.


  • Big, bold and bodacious - rising 8 feet
  • Ships as a dormant young plant in a 3.25" nursery pot, in its sleeping beauty stage
  • Dormant plants ship without leaves nor flowers as it's all about the roots


Full Sun


Mid Summer


Grows 8' tall


Plant 7' apart, with root ball even with ground level

USDA Zones:

Hardy in USDA zones 4-9

Growing Instructions

Dig a hole two times the width of the Liner pot. Set top of root ball even with ground level. Combine planting mix and garden soil. Fill to ground level and tamp down firmly. Water to settle soil. Add layer of mulch to retain moisture and discourage weeds. Water regularly for the first year, then as needed once established. Feed with a quality fertilizer following application and frequency instructions, typically just before and during the growing season.

Care Tip

Do not overfertilize. This causes weak growth and plants will be prone to flopping.