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Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy metal’

Heavy Metal Blue Switch Grass

Main interest:
remains attractive through winter, strong vertical design element
Soil & Exposure:
full sun, moist well-drained soil, adapts to a wide range of soil conditions, drought tolerant once established
Growth type:
clumping
Flower:
green, late summer to mid fall
Foliage:
blue-grey to blue-purple
USDA Hardiness:
zone 4: -34.4 °C (-30 °F) View Zone Map
Mature height & width (max.):
height: 5 ft (1.5 m) width: 3 ft (0.9 m)

The stiff, metallic powdery blue blades of Panicum virgatum 'Heavy metal' distinguish this native North American switch grass. They give the switch grass its distinctive swishing sound when moved by the breeze. Leaf tips turn burgundy in the fall. Green flowers bloom in late summer to mid fall. Flowers can grow to 5 ft tall, and are great for dried flower arrangements or cut flowers. Blades remain upright, providing strong vertical accent for plantings. Of interest late summer to winter.

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