Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'

Blue Switch Grass

Photo courtesy of Prides Corner Farms

  • One of the most upright varieties of Panicum
  • Metallic blue leaves turn yellow in the fall
  • Airy pink panicles in late summer-early fall
Border or Bed
Border or Bed
Cut Flower/ Foliage
Cut Flower/ Foliage
Dried Flower/ Foliage
Dried Flower/ Foliage
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Mass Planting
Mass Planting

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Panicum is a native grass.  Easy to grow in in soil type.  Drought tolerant once established.  Grows best in full sun, but will tolerate light shade.  Wind and salt tolerant, making it a good choice for the road or seaside.

Height: 5-6 ft
Spread: 2-3 ft
Price Level 1: $29.99~#2
Bloom Color: Pink
Zone: 4-8

Additional Characteristics & Attributes:


  • Container
  • Low Maintenance
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Mass Planting
  • Cut Flower/ Foliage
  • Focal Point
  • Border or Bed
  • Dried Flower/ Foliage
  • Native

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Full Sun


  • Upright

Foliage Color:

  • Blue
  • Yellow

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Fall
  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Dry Soil
  • Average Water
  • Keep Well-Watered