Panicum virgatum Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal Blue Switch Grass

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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.

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Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
1020
10 to 20"
2030
20 to 30"
3040
30 to 40"
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU HBLWFXX

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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

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HBLWFXX
HBLWF51 (Plant - 5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
HBLWF31 (Plant - 3.25" deep pot) - Out of stock.
HBLWF09 (Flat of 9 Plants) - Out of stock.
HBLWF18 (Plant - Flat of 18) - Out of stock.
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, White
Mature Height 60-72" tall
Mature Spread 24-36" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy 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, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Expected ship week will display on the cart at checkout after you enter your zip code. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from Feb 25 through mid-June, warmest zones first.

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5.0

Great ornamental grass

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Makes a wonderful sound in the breezes
  • Versatile

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    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors
    • Patio

    Comments about High Country Gardens Panicum virgatum Heavy Metal:

    Plant it close to an outdoor seating area, so you can enjoy the sight and sound of it's movement in the wind.

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    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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