Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’

Heavy Metal Blue Switch Grass
Plant Type

Grass-like, Shrub

Evergreen-Deciduous

Deciduous

Overall Mature Size

Small

Mature Height & Spread

3-4′ x 2-3′

Exposure

Full to partial sun

Water

Medium Water

Flower Color

Pink

Bloom Time

Summer

Special Features

Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Coastal Conditions, Fall Color, Low Water Use

Container Sizes

#1

Natural Growth Habit

Clumping

Sunset Garden Zones

1-11, 14-23

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone

4A-10A

Fast-growing, clumping ornamental grass native to the American prairies. Growing to 3-4’ tall x 2-3′ wide, this variety features strongly-upright-growing, bluish-gray foliage accented with airy-looking, pink-tinged flower plumes that rise above the foliage in mid to late-summer. Flowers are followed by small, clustered seed heads that persist into winter providing food for various species of birds. Tolerates wind and a wide variety of soil conditions from moist to dry, though less irrigation will produce a smaller-growing plant. Adding further appeal to this low-maintenance variety is the lovely fall foliage color in shades of yellow and tan. Great for planting in mass in native or wild gardens and its fibrous root system is ideal for helping to control soil erosion. Thrives in a full to partial sun exposure.

USDA Zone: 4A-10A
Sunset Zone: 1-11, 14-23

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