Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'
  • Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'
  • Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'

Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'

£12.95

(Switch Grass) Native to North America, this perennial, deciduous grass creates a stunning architectural display from early summer through until winter when its dried stems and flowers stand pale gold against grey skies.

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Native to North America, this perennial, deciduous grass creates a stunning architectural display from early summer through until winter when its dried stems and flowers stand pale gold against grey skies.

'Heavy Metal' is a particularly upright form and at 1 m in height slightly shorter than most, with narrow green leaves liberally tinged with dark steely grey.

The seedheads appear in late summer as a diffuse cloud of reddish purple spikelets. Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' is a very attractive grass suitable for mixed borders.


  • Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
  • Soil: Well drained, fertile soil.
  • Hardiness: Hardy.
  • Flowering Period: August.
  • Rate of Growth: Moderate.
  • Habit: Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' grows to be a small to medium sized, clump forming grass.
    • Height: 100 cm (3 ft)
    • Spread: 60 cm (2 ft)

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How Much Sun
Full Sun, Light Shade
Eventual Size
Grass - Medium (3 - 6 ft)
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Not Fussy, Soil Type: Acid, Soil Type: Alkaline, Special: Windy, Soil Type: Dry / Sandy
Special Features
Foliage - Blue/Silver, Suitable for Containers