Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' ~ Heavy Metal Switch Grass
Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' ~ Heavy Metal Switch Grass
Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' ~ Heavy Metal Switch Grass
Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' ~ Heavy Metal Switch Grass

Heavy Metal Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'

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Heavy Metal Switch Grass is a dense fast-growing  ornamental grass  native to the prairies of North America.  The stiff upright metallic blue foliage turns yellow in fall and fades to tan in winter.  In mid-summer stems holding airy clusters of tiny pink flowers raise above the foliage like a cloud which turn brown in fall and persist through winter.  Prefers  part sun and moist well-drained soils.  

Type: 

Orn. Grass

Origins:

Central and East N. America; GA Native

Height: 

4' - 5'

Spread: 

1' - 2'

Spacing: 

1.5’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

5 - 9

Culture: 

Full Sun Part Sun

Bloom Color: 

Pink

Season of Interest: 

Summer,  Fall Year-Round

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Low maintenance plant. Too much shade will lose its upright form.  Beetles and mites are occasional problems.  Root and crown rot may occur in poorly drained soils. Some susceptibility to rust.

LANDSCAPE USES: Accents or Group Plantings Borders Naturalized Areas Woodland Garden Wildlife Gardens Bog Gardens,  Rock Gardens, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS:   Blanket Flower, Sedum, Daisy Mum

IMAGES: Photo by David J. Stang, Panicum virgatum Heavy Metal 3zz, CC BY-SA 4.0, (2) Photo by David J. Stang,  Panicum virgatum Heavy Metal 5zz CC BY-SA 4.0, (3) F. D. Richards Nursery, 2021, (4) Andrey Zharkikh 2011.10.21_15.41.55_CIMG6596

*As plants have ranges in appearance they may not appear as the images shown.

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