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Heavy Metal Blue Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum Heavy Metal
SKU: HC016181
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Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal' (Blue Switch Grass) 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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Botanical Name
Panicum virgatum Heavy Metal
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Native, Deer Resistant, Easy To Grow, Low Maintenance, Cut Flowers, Dried Flowers, Mass Plantings, Erosion Control
Soil Moisture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
60-72" tall
Bloom Time
Mid to late summer


Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal' (Blue Switch Grass) 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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