Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'

Switch Grass

  • Robust grower with awesome metallic blue foliage
  • Pastel mauve flower heads with a purple cast in late summer
  • Foliage offers great golden winter color

Switch Grass Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Panicum is very easy to grow and is a good grass for beginners. It will grow in any soil, from sand to clay, is drought tolerant once established, and even withstands periodic flooding. Grow this grass in full sun. It will tolerate light shade, but will flop over if the shade is too heavy. Panicum is wind and salt tolerant, making it a good choice for seaside gardens or along roads that are salted in winter.


4-6 Feet


18-24 Inches

Bloom Color:



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Characteristics & Attributes for Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds


  • Cut Flower/Foliage
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Naturalizing
  • Fall Color
  • Great Foliage
  • Border or Bed
  • Dried Flower/Foliage
  • Fast Growing
  • Rock Garden
  • Ornamental Grass
  • Mass Planting


  • Full Sun

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer
  • Fall

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Spring Bloomer
  • Winter
  • Summer
  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water
  • Dry Soil