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DESCRIPTION: Heavy Metal Switch Grass features airy plumes of rose flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its attractive grassy leaves are steel blue in colour. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous orange in the fall. The brick red seed heads are carried on showy plumes displayed in abundance from late summer to mid fall. The steel blue stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.
BOTANICAL NAME: Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 120 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 90 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun to partial shade
FLOWER COLOUR: Pink followed by brick red seed heads
FLOWERING TIME: Mid-summer
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Metallic blue, turning a nice orange-yellow in autumn
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 3 ( Should survive up to -39.9° Celsius )
WATER NEEDS: Average to Dry to Moist - Drought & Moisture tolerant
OTHER FEATURES: Attractive Foliage, Border, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Fall Colour
Heavy Metal Switch Grass is an herbaceous perennial grass. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cut back to the ground in late winter before active growth resumes. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Heavy Metal Switch Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications:
Planting & Growing
Heavy Metal Switch Grass will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.
*We must be contacted within 7 days of delivery and plants must be taken care of, unplanted and watered until we can pick them up.
**Cedars & Perennials only come with an in-season warranty only. Warranty does not apply to frost damage, hail damage, wind damage or any other acts of mother nature. Plants must be properly planted, properly watered and cared for. Warranty only applies to items purchased at full price or to a maximum discount of 10% unless otherwise specified.