Prairie Winds® Totem Pole

Garden Height
72 - 72
30 - 30
30 - 30
Container Role
Flower Size
Flower Colors
Light Code
Light Level
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A sturdy, durable ornamental grass that withstands adverse weather conditions. Grey-green leaves form a strictly upright column of steel blue foliage. Golden seed heads in fall.

  • Drought Tolerant
  • Erosion Control
  • Grass
  • Native to North America
  • Fall Interest
  • Winter Interest
  • Foliage Interest
  • Salt Tolerant

Resists: Deer

Maintenance Notes:

One of the easiest ornamental grasses to grow in full sun. Does well in any soil from sand to clay. Cut back in spring before new growth appears.

Maintenance Category: Easy

Water Category: Average

Bloom Time: Late Summer

Hardiness Zones: 9b

Flower Form: Specimen or Focal Point

Soil Fertility: Poor Soil

Soil PH Category: Neutral Soil

pH: C - pH 6.0 - 6.5

EC (2:1 Extraction Method): 1

Fertilization: 150 - 200

Light Requirements: High

Water Requirements: Moderate to Moist

Rooting Out Temperature: 65 - 72° Fahrenheit

Growing On Temperature: 65 - 75° Fahrenheit

Holding Temperature: 50 - 60° Fahrenheit

Planting and Timing Information:

Late Spring through Fall Sales. Standard PPP.

Finishing Times [weeks]:

6" and Gallon Pot: 7-9
7-9" Pot: 8-10
10-12" and Two Gallon Pot: 12-14

Pinching and Growth Regulators:

No pinching or growth regulators needed. However, they can be trimmed during production to increase fullness and decrease plant height. Do not trim back more than 1/2 the plant height.

Plants grown outside or trimmed back will not need growth regulation. However, when grown in a greenhouse or not trimmed back, Bonzi drenches can be effective.

Pest and Disease Management:

General pest and disease practices as listed in notes. Watch for crown rot, leaf spots and rust, although they usually aren't problematic.

Grower Tips:

-Warm season grass, won't establish under cool, short days. Plants should be planted under warm temperatures and long days for root establishment.

-For 2 gallon or larger plants, start the plant the summer before for sales the next year.

-Do not plant too high or too deep, they are a bit finicky for planting depth. Plant even with the liner.

-Vernalization is required for flowering, however, it is not necessary when Panicum is marketed as a foliage item.

-Cheyenne Sky needs direct sun to develop the best foliage color.

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