Panicum virgatum Heavy Metal

Switch Grass, Panic Grass

Type: Perennials,Grasses
Height: Tall 3-4' (4-5' in flower) (Plant 30" apart)
Bloom Time: Mid-Summer to Late Summer
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Half Sun/ Half Shade
Zones: 4-9   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Clay
Flower / Accent: Not Applicable /
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Strongly vertical metallic-blue foliage will age to yellow in the fall. Late summer seed fronds tipped in copper persist for stunning winter interest. Panicum Heavy Metal stems retain their upright form throughout the growing season and into winter. May self-seed under ideal growing conditions. Absolutely a must-have grass for all seasons!

Panicum supplies an ideal wildlife habitat providing shelter and food for songbirds. Tolerates both wet and dry conditions. Switch Grass gets its name from the calming swishing sound produced with a gentle breeze. This tough ornamental grass is deer resistant, will grow near black walnut trees and even tolerates salt spray near the ocean and road salt.

Features to Note:

  • Winter Interest
  • Wet Site Tolerant
  • Deer Resistant
  • For a Sunny Spot
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  • Seaside/Salt Tolerant
  • Attracts Birds
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Panicum General Information:

Panicum are strongly vertical grasses with good color. Best form is achieved in full sun, more open habit if given too much shade. Airy clouds of flowers provide winter interest and food for birds. Perfect grass for stabilizing slopes prone to erosion. Ornamental grasses are restricted from Oregon.

Panicum Plant Care:

Prefers moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Cut back in early spring to 3-4" before new growth appears. Divide in spring only.

$9.95 ea.
(3+) $9.50 ea.
Fall 2015
Plant Code: PAHM