Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’

Blue Switchgrass

Mature Height: 4-5 feet

Mature Width: 4-5 feet

USDA Hardiness Zone Range:  4 to 9

Water Requirements:  Moderate Water, Drought Tolerant

Shade Requirements:  Full Sun

Pancium virgatum is a favorite switchgrass, well-loved for its dramatic, metallic blue foliage and for its strong upright habit that stands straight and tall. Beginning in July pink-tinted, airy blooms make their appearance atop the head of the grass, this highlights the color of its blue leaves. This beautiful switchgrass serves as a colorful backdrop to many other perennials and grasses. It looks stunning in masses, and provides a focal point when used as a specimen. Panicum virgatum is an easy choice for meadows and naturalized areas because it is not picky about soil and is extremely drought tolerant.

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