Panicum 'Heavy Metal'

Grass, Heavy Metal Switch

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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

Heavy Metal' is a gorgeous metallic, blue leaved selection of Switch Grass. It is a stiffly upright clump former that reaches 3 to 5 feet in flower. Flowering starts in mid-summer with a haze of fine pinkish flowers that persist into winter turning straw yellow with age. Although Switch Grass tolerates a wide range of soil types, its preference is for average to moist soil and full sun. Grow it in masses or at least in groups of 3. 'Heavy Metal' looks great with just about every mid and late summer bloomer but our planting of it with 'Sunrise' Coneflower and Campsis 'Morning Calm' is outstanding. Since it's a warm season grass, do not cut it back until new growth is visible in spring.



Rain Garden

Deer Resistant

Cut Flowers

Good Fall Color

Ease of Culture                     

Easy to culture


Semi Evergreen

Plant Type

Perennial, Grass

or grass-like,

Light Exposure

Full sun, Mostly sunny,

Soil Condition


Moisture Tolerance

Moderately moist, Moist,    


full quart


36 or taller,

Flower Color

Tan, Pink,

Bloom Time

Mid summer, Late summer, Early fall,      

Typical Height





2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9