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
Primary Bloom Colour: Blue
Secondary Bloom Colour: Pink
Bloom Time: Summer
Soil Moisture: Average, Dry, Drought Tolerant
Stem Colour: Blue
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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