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Switch Grass ‘Heavy Metal’ (Panicum virgatum)

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 Switch Grass was an important component of the Tall-grass Prairie that once covered much of the Great Plains. This outstanding selection forms a stiffly upright clump of powdery-blue leaves, bearing airy heads of tiny green flowers in late summer. Leaf tips turn burgundy in the fall. Usually attractive in the garden all winter long. Flowers are good for cutting, fresh or dried. Trim back to the ground in early spring. Clumps are easily divided in spring. Drought tolerant once established.

USDA Zones: 4-9

Sun Exposure
  Full Sun

Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy or

Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or

Soil Moisture
  Average or
  Dry or

Care Level

Flower Colour

Blooming Time
  Late Summer
  Early Fall
  Mid Fall

Foliage Color

Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Attracts Butterflies
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Dried Flower
  Drought Tolerant
  Wild Flower

Flower Head Size

   120-150 cm
   47-59 inches

   75-90 cm
   29-35 inches

Foot Traffic

Growth Rate

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