panicum virgatum 'heavy metal' (switch grass, blue switch grass)

Size: 1 gallon
  • forms a very tight upright vase-shaped clump of intense metallic-blue foliage
  • grass is topped with airy pink cloud-like panicles in late summer
  • leaves have a good yellow fall colour
  • bloom time: late summer
  • warm season grasses are much slower starting in the spring
  • they do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer
  • they flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter
  • most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions
  • zone 4
  • height 120-150cm
  • spread 50-80cm 
  • colour pink
  • this grass grows in a wide variety of soil conditions from wet to average, and is drought tolerant, once established
  • grows best in full sun and will flop over if grown in shade or overly rich soils
  • it should be pruned back to 10 cm above ground level in early spring
  • full sun
  • attracts birds
  • deer resistant
  • rabbit resistant
  • drought tolerant, once established
  • long blooming
  • heat tolerant
  • low maintenance
  • salt tolerant
  • rock garden