Plant Family: Poaceae. Architectural, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Prairie planting, City, Cottage/Informal. In fall Heavy Metal Switch Grass get's attractive yellow, red and orange fall foliage. An upright variety of Panicum, the strong stems of 'Heavy Metal' never flop or lean, even in heavy rains. It is well-suited to the border. Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal', an ornamental switchgrass, in early summer. Heavy Metal Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal') is a popular ornamental grass with blue/green foliage. Softly tactile pennisetums almost curtsy to the ground like a cat in the sun waiting to be stroked. Cultivation. Grasses like Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' have distinct personalities. It is the preferred larval host plant of Dargida rubripennis. This upright grass is a medium size grass, maturing at 3-4' with a 1-2' spread. One of the earliest Switchgrasses introduced to the trade like all the Panicums this is an important seed source to feed winter birds. Additionally, switchgrass is grown as a drought-resistant ornamental grass in average to wet soils and in full sun to part shade. Plant Description: Clump-forming, warm season, ornamental grass. Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' Switchgrass 'Heavy Metal' Switchgrass has blue-green foliage that is very upright, with attractive seedheads appearing in July and lasting throughout the winter. Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' Common Name: Blue Switch Grass, Ornamental Grass. Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' Plant Details: Plant Type: Grass. https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/panicum-virgatum-heavy-metal Metallic blue leaves. Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) is a native, warm season grass that is an excellent replacement for invasive Chinese silvergrass (Miscanthus sinensis).This large, bunching grass grows 3-7 feet high and has a 2-3 foot spread. Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' - Heavy Metal Switch Grass . Suggested uses. In late summer airy tan/pink flowers appear in late Summer. Grow in full sun in soil that is … Foliage bright yellow with burgundy tips in fall. In addition, its extensive root system grows 5-6 feet deep, making it a great plant to assist with stabilizing banks. Moth host plant. Long, slender, metallic-blue leaves form a dense columnar clump but may flop in overly fertile soils or too much shade. Height: 4-6 ft Width: 18-24 in Soil Conditions: Moist/Well Drained Beginning in late summer or early fall, delicate pink panicles dance 12-16" above the foliage. Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' (Switch grass 'Heavy Metal') will reach a height of 1.3m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years. Find Heavy Metal Blue Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal') in Naperville Aurora Batavia Oswego Chicago Wheaton Illinois IL at The Growing Place Aurora (630) 820.8088 | Naperville (630) 355.4000 grow@thegrowingplace.com Some of the taller Switch grasses can become floppy, but 'Heavy Metal' is shorter and the foliage is very upright. 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