Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal')

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 3 to 5 feet (.9-1.5m)
Plant Spread: 1 to 2 feet (30-61cm)
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Other: Metallic blue.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Water gardens
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Stolons and runners

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 8, 2018 9:47 PM

In my old 1998 catalog from Limerock Ornamental Grasses Inc. that existed in Port Matilda, PA, until 2015, they listed this cultivar as being a new selection with foliage a purple-blue color with a slightly waxy white covering and a stiffly upright habit. Seedheads are burgundy. Gets 4.5 to 5 feet high. Zones 5 to 9. The Growing Place in Naperville, IL says also that it is a very stiff upright grass with metallic blue foliage. It gets a yellow fall color.

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