Heavy Metal Blue Switchgrass


Botanical Name: Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’

Common Name:  Heavy Metal Blue Switchgrass

Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun.

Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions. Performs well in poor soils. Good drought resistance once established.

Full Sun.

Tolerates high heat and humidity. Cut to the ground in late winter to early spring.

Height: 5-6 ft    Width: 2-3 ft


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The strong stems of ‘Heavy Metal’ never flop or lean, even in heavy rains. Its metallic blue leaves turn bright yellow in the fall. Beginning in late summer or early fall, delicate pink panicles dance 12-16 inches above the foliage.

Switch grass gets its name from the peaceful swishing sound it makes when blowing in the wind. All parts of this grass are very sturdy, and will remain standing thru winter unless snows are heavy. This provides important cover for birds during the coldest days of winter. 

NC Native Plant

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