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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 narrowly upright clump-forming grass native to the American prairies. It has steely-blue upright foliage to 3-4 ft tall that turns a nice yellow color in fall and attractive airy pink-tinged flowers that rise a foot or more above the foliage in mid-summer. Plant in full sun. Tolerant of most soils and irrigation practices from dry to soggy - shorter when kept dry. Hardy into USDA zone 4. 'Heavy Metal' was a selection made by Kurt Bluemel with chalky-colored foliage - it is more upright than 'Prairie Sky'. It remains 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.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted on this plant in our nursery library, from online sources, and from observations made of the crops growing in the nursery, plants in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'.
 
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