Heavy Metal Blue Switch Grass
Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'
Full sun, Partial sun
Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
|Botanical Pronunciation||PAN-ih-kum vir-GA-tum|
|Average Size at Maturity||Forms tight, upright clump; quickly reaches 3 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.|
|Bloom Time||Late Summer|
|Design Ideas||This is the natural native grass of North America, perfectly adapted to wild gardens and un-mowed natural meadows. A very adaptable and effective erosion-control plant in windy areas. Looks good and provides nutritious habitat for birds and small animals around water holes and water gardens. Attaining its lovely wheat coloring in autumn, it looks beautiful against the season's bright reds. Plant as a single clump in beds and borders.|
|Garden Style||Contemporary, Rustic|
|Landscape Use||Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Very Wet Areas, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Soil Needs||All-Purpose Plant Food|
|Special Feature||Clump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Wet Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Fast Growing, Bird Friendly|
|Watering Needs||Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.|
|Key Feature||Colorful Vertical Accent|
Easy to grow and adaptable to most soil types; prefers semi-moist to wet soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Tolerates mild drought, once established. Cut old foliage back and apply a general purpose fertilizer just before new shoots appear in late winter to early spring.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 4 - 9