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  • Eventual height: 1.5m
  • Eventual spread: 0.75m

Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'

switch grass

5 year guarantee RHS award of garden merit
3 × 9cm pots £26.97 £24.00
£26.97 £24.00

This grass dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position:
  • full sun
  • Soil:
  • moderately fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of Growth:
  • average
  • Flowering period:
  • August and September
  • Hardiness:
  • fully hardy

    This deciduous ornamental fountain-like grass is renowned for its steely coloured blue-grey to blue-purple leaves, which form stiff, upright clumps that turn yellow in autumn. The late summer and early autumn, pink flowers add an airy elegance. One of our recommended plants, it's perfect for providing vertical interest in a sunny, well-drained new perennial border.

  • Garden care:
  • Lift and divide congested colonies between mid-spring and summer