Switch Grass, Wand Panic Grass
Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Panicum (PAN-ih-kum) (Info)
Species: virgatum (vir-GA-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Heavy Metal

Category:

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Glencoe, Illinois

Framingham, Massachusetts

Garden City, Michigan

Grass Lake, Michigan

Statesville, North Carolina

Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Christiana, Tennessee

San Antonio, Texas

Snook, Texas

Urbanna, Virginia

Charleston, West Virginia

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Wild Rose, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jul 31, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

I bought a few of this cultivar from Limerock Ornamental Grasses that was a mail order nursery business in Port Matilda in central PA about 2003; they went out of business a few years later. (I had bought a few other grasses in the 1990's from them earlier.) 'Heavy Metal' foliage definitely has a strong blue tint with a fine texture from more slender stems and blades than many of this species. It does fall over some when it reaches full size, which is sometimes alright or not, depending. It is easy to handle and divide to reset or propagate.