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Products > Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'
 
Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' - Blue Switch Grass
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: Prairie Provinces (North America)
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' (Blue Switch Grass) - A deciduous warm-season clump-forming grass native to the American prairies. It has chalky-gray upright foliage to 4-5 ft tall and attractive airy pink-tinged flowers in mid-summer. 'Prairie Sky' was a selection made by Kurt Bluemel with chalky-colored foliage - it is more upright than 'Prairie Sky'. Plant in full sun. Tolerant of most soils and irrigation practices from dry to soggy - shorter when kept dry. Hardy into USDA zone 4. Attractive as a dormant grass but should be cut back in late winter to early spring so not to detract from the newly emerging foliage .  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'.
 
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