Grass Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’

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‘Heavy Metal’ is an outstanding Kurt Bluemel selection of native switch grass with stiff, vertical, metallic-blue blades. Amber-yellow fall color. Best in masses. Cut old foliage in the spring.

Panicum is a native warm-season genus that has lately become very popular with designers and hybridizers, both because of its toughness, and because of a resurgence of interest in native varieties. It is also being researched as an alternate to corn for fuel. One of the primary prairie grasses.

Though late to emerge in spring, grasses create a striking vertical accent in the summer garden; their flowers add grace to the fall garden, and in winter, they add more interest than almost any other plant. There are many to choose from in our climate.

Photo Courtesy of Walter’s Gardens Inc.


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Botanical Name
Grass Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’
Common Name
Heavy Metal Switch Grass
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