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. In addition, its extensive root system grows 5-6 feet deep, making it a great plant to assist with stabilizing banks. Suggested uses. Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' Plant Details: Plant Type: Grass. Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal', an ornamental switchgrass, in early summer. 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 In late summer airy tan/pink flowers appear in late Summer. Cultivation. Beginning in late summer or early fall, delicate pink panicles dance 12-16" above the foliage. 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. How To Plant, Prune, Fertilize, Water And Care For Panicum Switch Grasses Posted by Brent Wilson on 10/11/2016 to Fertilizing & Watering Tips When planted right and in the right spot, the North American native switch grasses, scientifically known as Panicum , are exceptionally easy to grow in the ground or in containers. Grasses like Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' have distinct personalities. An upright variety of Panicum, the strong stems of 'Heavy Metal' never flop or lean, even in heavy rains. Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' Blue Switch Grass. Plant Family: Poaceae. Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' Common Name: Blue Switch Grass, Ornamental Grass. It is well-suited to the border. https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/panicum-virgatum-heavy-metal Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' - Heavy Metal Switch Grass . One of the earliest Switchgrasses introduced to the trade like all the Panicums this is an important seed source to feed winter birds. Plant Description: Clump-forming, warm season, ornamental grass. Metallic blue leaves. Moth host plant. Additionally, switchgrass is grown as a drought-resistant ornamental grass in average to wet soils and in full sun to part shade. For a knockout combination plant several of these with Inula racemosa 'Sonnenspeer'. Airy heads of tiny green flowers become become panicles of pinkish-red seedheads at 5-7'. Softly tactile pennisetums almost curtsy to the ground like a cat in the sun waiting to be stroked. This upright grass is a medium size grass, maturing at 3-4' with a 1-2' spread. In fall Heavy Metal Switch Grass get's attractive yellow, red and orange fall foliage. Height: 4-6 ft Width: 18-24 in Soil Conditions: Moist/Well Drained It is the preferred larval host plant of Dargida rubripennis. 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. Long, slender, metallic-blue leaves form a dense columnar clump but may flop in overly fertile soils or too much shade. Grow in full sun in soil that is … Architectural, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Prairie planting, City, Cottage/Informal. Heavy Metal Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal') is a popular ornamental grass with blue/green foliage. Some of the taller Switch grasses can become floppy, but 'Heavy Metal' is shorter and the foliage is very upright. Foliage bright yellow with burgundy tips in fall. Its metallic blue leaves turn bright yellow in the fall. Grows 5-6 feet deep, making it a great plant to assist with stabilizing banks early. 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