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Panicum virgatum Heavy Metal

Botanical Name: Common Names:
Panicum virgatum Heavy Metal Switchgrass, Old Switch Panic Grass,
Native: Foliage Type:
No Evergreen
Plant Type: Plant Habit:
Grasses, Strappy & Tufting Clumping, Tufting, Upright

A rhizome, perennial grass that has very strong, showy, upright stems of metallic blue foliage. In summer pale pink flower seed head heads appear above the stems and then in Autumn the leaves turn a golden yellow giving year round colour display. Makes a soothing swishing sound in the wind, ideal for a sensory garden. Grows to approx. 1m H x 0.8m W.

Mature Height: Mature Width:
60cm-1m 60cm-1m

Position: Soil Type:
Full Sun Any, Well Drained

Landscape Use(s)
Borders / Shrubbery, Cut Flower, Erosion Control, Feature, Mass Planting, Container / Pot

Pests & Diseases: Mites, Rust

Cultural Notes:

Plant Care
Annual slow release fertiliser, Keep moist during dry periods

Family Name: Origin:
Poaceae NorthAmerica

Foliage Colour: Grey
Flower Colour: Pink
Flower Fragrant: No
Flowering Season: Summer
Fruit: Yes

Requirements Tolerances
Growth Rate: Fast
Maintenance Level: Low
Water Usage: Medium / Moderate
Drought: High
Frost: Moderate
Wind: High