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Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’


Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' is a dramatic switch grass forming vertical pillars of metallic blue foliage.

Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' is a dramatic switch grass with a strongly upright habit forming vertical pillars of metallic blue foliage to four feet high. In summer the plants are topped with blue and pink, airy inflorescences that form a beautiful textural cloud. Looks amazing mass planted or as a specimen to add an exclamation point to the perennial border. Photo: Walters Gardens.

Common Name: Switch Grass

Family: Poaceae (The Grass Family)

Zone Hardiness: 4-9

Light: Full Sun

Height: 4-6'

Width: 2-3'

Primary Bloom Colour: Blue

Secondary Bloom Colour: Pink

Class: Deciduous

Type: Grass

Bloom Time: Summer

Soil Moisture: Average, Dry, Drought Tolerant

Stem Colour: Blue

Fragrance: No

Berries: No


Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Prairies and in openings and savannas throughout the eastern United States. It is one of the co-dominant grass species of the original tallgrass prairie.


Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

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