Heavy Metal Switch Grass


Common Name: Blue Switch Grass, Ornamental Grass

Perhaps the most upright variety of Panicum, the strong stems of 'Heavy Metal' never flop or lean, even in heavy rains. Its metallic blue leaves turn bright yellow in the fall. Beginning in late summer or early fall, delicate pink panicles dance 12-16 inches above the foliage.  Switch grass gets its name from the peaceful swishing sound it makes when blowing in the wind. All parts of this grass are very sturdy, and will remain standing thru winter unless snows are heavy. This provides important cover for birds during the coldest days of winter. This grass is very versatile from a design standpoint; it is effective as a specimen, in masses, for screening, alongside ponds or streams, or even in large containers.




5.0-6.0 Feet




2.0-3.0 Feet


Hardiness Zones:




Flower Color:


Pink shades

Foliage Color:


Blue shades



Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Water Requirements:


Low Water Needs

Average Water Needs

Consistent Water Needs

Soil Quality:


Average Soil Quality

Fertile Soil Quality

Soil Chemistry:


Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)

Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)



Late Summer

Critter Resistant:


Deer Resistant

Growth Rate:



Garden Style:


Patio Container



Rain Garden

Other Features:


Border Plant


Cut Flower

Cut Foliage

Drought Tolerant

Easy To Grow

Mass Planting

Salt Tolerant


Focal Point


Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Heavy Metal Switch Grass #1


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