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Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’ (Switch grass)

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’ PAN-ih-kum ver-GAY-tum Common Name: Switch grass Genus: Panicum
This rhizomatous perennial grass has a narrowly upright, clumping form. Mid-green stems bear stiff, erect, blue-gray leaves to 24 inches long. Foliage turns yellow in autumn. Weeping panicles of tiny purple-green spikes appear in early autumn.
Care: Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil, in a sunny mixed or herbaceous border.
Propagation: Divide between mid-spring and early summer.
Problems: Damping off, black ring, tar spot, rust, smut, leaf spots, anthracnose, and sugarcane mosaic virus.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Dry to Medium
Characteristics Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Fall
Flower Color Red Flower
Uses Beds and Borders
Seasonal Interest Winter Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Grasses

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