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Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’
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Blue Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum Heavy Metal

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Panicum

Switch Grass

The Panicums we’ve chosen are warm season prairie grasses native to North America. Resistant to heat, drought, and even extreme cold, Switch Grass boasts a cloud of inflorescences—a mystifying hologram of tiny red seeds that mature to black in late summer.

If grown en masse and not cut back until early spring, Panicums promise a lively winter show. After a frost, they stiffen and adopt the warm glowing color and soft rustling sound of wheat.

Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’ full sun

Stiff, upright blades of green turn metallic blue and then warm pecan brown in the fall. We are fond of this dynamic, vertical accenting grass in drifts with Teucrium fruticans ‘Azureum’.

Blooms September–October.

Size: 4' 0"–5' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’ (G-0021)
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