Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' - Heavy Metal Switch Grass - Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' - Heavy Metal Switch Grass
Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' - Heavy Metal Switch Grass - Winter Colour

Heavy Metal Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'

Also called Blue Switch Grass

  • Forms a very tight upright vase-shaped clump of intense metallic-blue foliage
  • Grass is topped with airy pink cloud-like panicles in late summer
  • Leaves have a good yellow fall colour
  • The foliage and flower turn beige-brown for the winter
  • A good choice for the formal garden
  • Bloom Time: Late summer
  • Flower Height: 150 cm
  • Foliage Height: 120 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season

ZONE:
4

COLOUR:
Pink

HEIGHT:
120-150 cm

SPREAD:
50-80 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:


This grass grows in a wide variety of soil conditions from wet to average, and is drought tolerant, once established. Grows best in full sun and will flop over if grown in shade or overly rich soils. It should be pruned back to 10 cm above ground level in early spring.

Additional Notes about Heavy Metal Switch Grass:


Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring. They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer. They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter. Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions.