Panicum 'Heavy Metal'
[Switch grass]

Size (ships bareroot) - Gallon

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Height Light
4 - 6 ft. Sun Late Summer 4 - 9

Perhaps the most upright variety of Panicum, the strong stems of 'Heavy Metal' never flop or lean, even in heavy rains. Its metallic blue leaves turn bright yellow in the fall. Beginning in late summer or early fall, delicate pink panicles dance 12-16 inches above the foliage. Bright yellow in the fall.


Panicum is native grass that is very easy to grow. 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.

Other Attributes:
Deer Resistant Good cut flower
Dries well Long season interest
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