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Panicum virgatum Heavy Metal

Switch Grass

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  • »  Awesome metallic blue foliage
  • »  Colorful flower heads
  • »  Foliage offers great golden winter color
  • »  Use in the shrub or perennial border

Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Songbirds
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Exposure
Full Sun
Foliage Color
Blue
Gold
Green
Red
Yellow
Habit
Upright
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Fall
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Fall
Spring Bloomer
Summer
Winter
Soil Moisture
Average Water
Dry Soil
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'

Panicum is very easy to grow and is a good grass for beginners. It will grow in any soil, from sand to clay, is drought tolerant once established, and even withstands periodic flooding. Grow this grass in full sun. It will tolerate light shade, but will flop over if the shade is too heavy. Panicum is wind and salt tolerant, making it a good choice for seaside gardens or along roads that are salted in winter.

Great Companions for Switch Grass