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Cultural Details for Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'

Common Name:
Heavy Metal Switchgrass

Growth Rate:
Clumping form

Average Mature Height:
5'

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Strong pink tones in florescences

Fruit Details:

Fall Color:
Bright yellow, then tan in winter

Bark Details:

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Prone to foliar rust disease in hot, moist summers

Native Habitat:

Other Features:
Stems never lean or flop even in heavy rains

Culture and Care:
Plant in full sun to light shade. Zones 5-9

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 165, Bed 172

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets. www.ces.ncsu.edu
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database. www.hort.uconn.edu