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. 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 It is the preferred larval host plant of Dargida rubripennis. Some of the taller Switch grasses can become floppy, but 'Heavy Metal' is shorter and the foliage is very upright. Metallic blue leaves. For a knockout combination plant several of these with Inula racemosa 'Sonnenspeer'. Plant Description: Clump-forming, warm season, ornamental grass. Plant Family: Poaceae. An upright variety of Panicum, the strong stems of 'Heavy Metal' never flop or lean, even in heavy rains. Height: 4-6 ft Width: 18-24 in Soil Conditions: Moist/Well Drained https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/panicum-virgatum-heavy-metal Suggested uses. Foliage bright yellow with burgundy tips in fall. Moth host plant. 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. Cultivation. In addition, its extensive root system grows 5-6 feet deep, making it a great plant to assist with stabilizing banks. Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' Plant Details: Plant Type: Grass. 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' Common Name: Blue Switch Grass, Ornamental Grass. It is well-suited to the border. In late summer airy tan/pink flowers appear in late Summer. Its metallic blue leaves turn bright yellow in the fall. Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' Blue Switch Grass. Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal', an ornamental switchgrass, in early summer. Grow in full sun in soil that is … 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. Long, slender, metallic-blue leaves form a dense columnar clump but may flop in overly fertile soils or too much shade. Heavy Metal Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal') is a popular ornamental grass with blue/green foliage. Additionally, switchgrass is grown as a drought-resistant ornamental grass in average to wet soils and in full sun to part shade. Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' - Heavy Metal Switch Grass . 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