Panicum Blue Fountain Description
Blue Fountain Panicum is the perfect fit if your garden needs a vertical lift, privacy screen or accent plant!It's easy to add a soothing blue all season color to a hedge or background plant with this effortless, easy to grow ornamental grass. Powdery blue foliage won't fade or scorch under the hot sun. No maintenance or pruning is required during the growing season.
Blue Fountain forms an an elegant vase shaped habit. In spring, powdery blue stems and arching leaves give way to mature plant that can reach up to 7' tall and 5' wide. Statuesque and well-behaved in habit, this sturdy Panicum won't bend or break under rain or windy conditions. In mid-summer, spikes of airy panicles appear well above the foliage that move in the smallest breath of air .
Panicums develop a deep fibrous root system making them ideal to use for wind barrier. Effective in reducing soil erosion. Prospers in a sunny site and average to moist soil. Tolerate of clay, alkalinity and drought!
Special Features: Cut Flower, Cut Foliage, Deer Resistant, Dried Flower, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Foliage Interest, Heat Tolerant, Multi-seasonal Interest, Rain Garden, Winter Interest
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- Botanical Name:
Panicum virgatum 'Blue Fountain'
- Common Name:
Blue Switch Grass
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- Soil Type:
Normal, Sandy, Clay
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- Height x Width:
7' X 5'
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- Bloom Season:
Accent,Background, Border,Container Gardening, Foundation Planting, Hedge, Massing, Ornamental, Privacy, Screen, Specimen
- Cannot Ship to:
AK,CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #:PPAF
Ideas and How-to's
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Soil: Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil. Tolerant of a wide range of soils from well-drained sandy soils to the heavy clays.
Light: Full sun to part shade -- Best in full sun.
Water: Medium -- Prefers moist soils, but once established, it's drought tolerant.
Spacing: 3 - 6 ft.
Fertilizing: Small amounts of fertilizer are needed for ornamental grasses. The best time for applying fertilizer is in the spring, just as growth is resuming. About one -quarter cup, per item, of a 10-10-10 slow release fertilizer is enough to take care of the plant needs throughout the entire summer. For best results, make sure you thoroughly water in the fertilizer.
Winterizing: Foliage should be left standing throughout the winter for visual interest, and to provide protection for the crowns. Substantial clumps tend to flop, (or totally collapse when subjected to heavy winter snows).
Maintenance & Pruning: Cut foliage to a 6 to 12-inch-tall mound of stubble in late winter or early spring before new shoots appear.
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