Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'
Stiff, metallic blue blades distinguish this carefree native grass from others. Retains vertical form without flopping, topped by airy, pink-tinged panicles in summer. Brilliant foliage in fall. Attractive seed heads provide winter food for birds. Withstands seasonal flooding, yet drought tolerant when established. Sold in one gallon container.
Light Needs: Partial to full sun
Water Needs: Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
USDA Zone: 4 - 9
Plant type: Perennial, Ornamental Grass
Sunset climate zones: 1 - 11, 14 - 23
Growth rate: Fast
Average landscape size: Forms tight, upright clump; quickly reaches 3 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
Special features: Bird Friendly, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fall Color, Fast Growing, North American Native Selection, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Foliage color: Gray-green
Blooms: Late Summer
Flower color: Pink
Landscape Uses: Coastal Exposure, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Very Wet Areas, Wildlife Garden