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Panicum virgatum Heavy Metal / Switch Grass

    Panicum virgatum Heavy Metal / Switch Grass

    Introducing Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal', a stunning ornamental grass that adds a touch of drama to any landscape. This cultivar is known for its upright and rigid habit, which resembles metal spikes, hence its name.

    Product Characteristics:
    • Height: 120-150 cm (48-60 in)
    • Spread: 60-90 cm (24-36 in)
    • Flower color: beige/golden
    • Flowering period: late summer to early fall
    • Foliage: blue-green, narrow, upright blades
    • Sunlight requirements: full sun
    • Soil requirements: well-draining soil, adaptable to various soil types and pH levels
    • Hardiness Zone: 4

    Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' is a versatile grass that can be used in various ways, such as in mass plantings, as a specimen plant, or as a vertical element in a mixed border. It's also an excellent choice for naturalizing or creating a prairie-style garden.

    Aside from its striking appearance, Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' is also easy to grow and maintain. It's drought-tolerant, disease-resistant, and low-maintenance, making it an ideal choice for busy gardeners.

    Companion Plants:
    • Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus' - The bold pink-purple flowers of this coneflower provide a striking contrast to the upright blue foliage of Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'.
    • Sedum 'Autumn Joy' - The rust-colored flowers of this late-blooming sedum complement the fall color of Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'.
    • Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' - The bright yellow flowers of this black-eyed Susan add a cheerful pop of color to the blue-green foliage of Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'.

    Care Instructions:
    Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' prefers full sun and well-draining soil. It's drought-tolerant, but regular watering during the first growing season will help establish a strong root system. No pruning is required, but removing dead stems in early spring will encourage new growth.

    Final Thoughts:
    Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' is a popular ornamental grass cultivar that has been widely used in landscapes and gardens across North America. Its striking appearance and ease of care make it an excellent choice for adding vertical interest and texture to any garden design.