Heavy Metal Blue Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'

SKU
6179
Stiffly erect blades are metallic blue-gray during the season, becoming yellow in autumn. Loose, broad, weeping plumes of purple-green spikelets, bloom stalks rise above the foliage. Quite handsome when used in groups. Herbaceous. Full to partial sun. Clumps to 3 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide. Division.
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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.
Key FeatureColorful 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.

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