Panicum virgatum Heavy Metal (Blue Switch Grass)

This clump-forming warm season grass features pendulous metallic blue leaves that turn bright chartreuse in autumn, while airy pink flower panicles appear in late summer. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late summer
HARDY to -30°F (-34°C)
5-6 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant
Tolerant to juglone
Salt tolerant

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Zone Zone 4
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Moisture Moderate to Full Moisture
Native to Native Cultivar

Compact lavender-blue daisy-like flowers grows thickly on green foliage. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late summer to mid fall
1.5 ft tall x 2 ft wide
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Deer resistant
Attracts butterflies
Moderate salt tolerance

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(Uptick™ Series) Large yellow blooms with burgundy red centres grow tall on thin stems with medium-green foliage. Tidy compact habit.

Blooms late spring through late summer
10-14″ tall x 10-14″ spread
Deer and rabbit resistant
Attracts bees and butterflies
Drought tolerant

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(Cara Mia™ Series) Masses of double raspberry-pink flowers that, once fully bloomed, resemble puffballs, grow tall above deep green foliage. Rapid growth rate.

Use as cut or dried flowers. Be sure to keep some flowers in the garden over winter, as the blackened seedheads provide cold-season garden interest, as well as food for finches and other winter birds.

Blooms early to late summer
1.5-2.5 ft tall x 2-2.5 ft spread
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant
Fragrant

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(Summerific® Series) Large dinnerplate-sized blooms of bright bubblegum pink with a deep red-black eye grow on compact bright green foliage. Fast growth rate.

Blooms mid-summer to early fall
4-4.5 ft tall x 4-4.5 ft spread
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Deer and rabbit resistant
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Humidity tolerant

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This tall, slender perennial features widely branched inflorescence bearing fluffy blooms of white flowers that are a magnet for Monarch butterflies. The bright green, narrow grass-like foliage keeps its colour all season. Slow growth rate.

Blooms early summer
3-4 ft tall x 1-2 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Drought tolerant
Deer and rabbit resistant

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Yellow large, daisy-like flowers with deep orange/burgundy centres bloom on bright green, ovate foliage. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms early to late summer
2-3 ft tall x 2-3 ft spread
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Drought tolerant
Deer resistant
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds

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This clump-forming warm season grass features pendulous blue leaves that turn rust-brown in autumn, while airy mauve flower panicles appear in late summer. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late summer
HARDY to -30°F (-34°C)
4-6 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant
Tolerant to juglone
Salt tolerant

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This clump-forming warm season grass features pendulous olive-green leaves that turn beige in autumn, while airy golden flower panicles appear in late summer. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late summer
HARDY to -30°F (-34°C)
4-6 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant
Tolerant to juglone
Salt tolerant

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