Panicum virgatum &
Panicum virgatum &
Panicum virgatum &
Panicum virgatum &

Heavy Metal Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'

Regular price$116.10
  • We currently have 0 in stock.
  • Inventory on the way
  • Guaranteed locally grown
  • Delivery ONLY to Metro Atlanta & Athens within 5-7 business days
  • Pickup in 3-5 business days from our Switchyard in Chamblee
           (Mon & Fri 3pm-6pm - 3708 N Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA)

Heavy Metal Switch Grass is a dense fast-growing ornamental grass native to the prairies of North America.  The stiff upright metallic blue foliage turns yellow in fall and fades to tan in winter.  In mid-summer stems holding airy clusters of tiny pink flowers raise above the foliage like a cloud which turn brown in fall and persist through winter.  Prefers part sun and moist well-drained soils.  


Orn. Grass


North America, GA Native


4' - 5'


1' - 2'



USDA Hardiness Zone: 

5 - 9


Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color: 


Season of Interest: 

Summer, FallYear-Round

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Low maintenance plant. Too much shade will lose its upright form.  Beetles and mites are occasional problems.  Root and crown rot may occur in poorly drained soils. Some susceptibility to rust.

LANDSCAPE USES: Accents or Group PlantingsBordersNaturalized AreasWoodland GardenWildlife GardensBog Gardens, Rock Gardens, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS:  Blanket Flower, Sedum, Daisy Mum

IMAGES: Photo by David J. Stang, Panicum virgatum Heavy Metal 3zz, CC BY-SA 4.0, (2) Photo by David J. Stang, Panicum virgatum Heavy Metal 5zzCC BY-SA 4.0, (3) F. D. RichardsNursery, 2021, (4) Andrey Zharkikh2011.10.21_15.41.55_CIMG6596

*As plants have ranges in appearance they may not appear as the images shown.

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