Panicum virgatum Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal Blue Switch Grass

Heavy Metal Blue Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal') is a choice ornamental native grass named for its attractive, stiffly upright blue-gray foliage. It blooms with attractive tan flowering sprays in late summer.
Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
30 to 40"
Mature Plant Size 60-72" tall 24-36" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Size No
SKU HC016181

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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SKU
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Heavy Metal Blue Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal') is well named. This durable ornamental native grass has attractive, stiffly upright blue-gray foliage and attractive tan flowering sprays in late summer. Grow it in full sun and a little on the dry side to bring out the metallic color of the foliage. This variety is one of the very best Panicum and difficult to find. This ornamental grass is a long-lived perennial that thrives in all types of soil across much of the US.

Flat of 9 plants will cover 18-27 square feet when planted together

More Information
SKU
HC016181
Ships To Canada
No
Common Name
Heavy Metal Blue Switch Grass
Botanical Name
Panicum virgatum Heavy Metal
Zones
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Pink
Height
72 inches
Mature Height
60-72" tall
Mature Spread
24-36" wide
Bloom Time
Mid - Late Summer
Bloom Time
Mid to late summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Soil Moisture
Average
Amount Of Rain
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Ideal Region
Anywhere In The US, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Guides
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ZoneShipping Status
Zone 2Shipping begins the week of May 20th, 2019
Zone 3Shipping begins the week of May 20th, 2019
Zone 4Shipping begins the week of May 20th, 2019
Zone 5Shipping begins the week of April 29th, 2019
Zone 6Shipping begins the week of April 15th, 2019
Zone 7Shipping begins the week of March 25th, 2019
Zone 8Shipping begins the week of March 4th, 2019
Zone 9Shipping begins the week of February 25th, 2019
Zone 10Shipping begins the week of February 25th, 2019
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