Heavy Metal Blue Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'

SKU
06179
Stiff, metallic blue blades distinguish this carefree native grass from others. Retains vertical form without flopping, topped by airy, pink-tinged panicles in summer. Brilliant foliage in fall. Attractive seed heads provide winter food for birds. Withstands seasonal flooding, yet drought tolerant when established.
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Botanical PronunciationPAN-ih-kum vir-GA-tum
Average Size at MaturityForms tight, upright clump; quickly reaches 3 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeLate Summer
Design IdeasThis 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleContemporary, Rustic
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseErosion Control, Mass Planting, Very Wet Areas, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump 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
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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.

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