Heavy Metal Blue Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal') is a choice ornamental native grass named for its attractive, stiffly upright blue-gray foliage. It blooms with attractive tan flowering sprays in late summer.

Common Name

Heavy Metal Blue Switchgrass

Botanical Name

Panicum virgatum Heavy Metal


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Light Requirements

Full Sun

Flower Color

Pink, White

Mature Height

60-72" tall

Mature Spread

24-36" wide

Bloom Time

Mid to late summer

Ships As

Potted Plant

Soil Type

Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil

Soil Moisture


Amount Of Rain

10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"


Deer Resistant

Ideal Region

Anywhere In The US, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest

Planting Time

Spring / Summer, Fall

Neonicotinoid Free


Blue Switchgrass