Big Muhly Grass, Blue Muhly Grass
Muhlenbergia lindheimeri

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Muhlenbergia (mew-len-BERG-gee-uh) (Info)
Species: lindheimeri (lind-HY-mer-ee) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Silver/Gray

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:

Silver/Gray

Blue-Green

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Litchfield Park, Arizona

Sarasota, Florida

Ludington, Michigan

Arlington, Texas

Austin, Texas (3 reports)

Crawford, Texas

Dripping Springs, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Magnolia, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas

San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

Sherman, Texas

Spring Branch, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Oct 26, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Muhlenbergia lindheimeri, Big Muhly is Endemic to Texas, and a beautiful grass for the ornamental native garden.

Positive

On Mar 22, 2004, mocatmom from Driftwood, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Excellent specimen plant for dry, poor or alkaline soils. Dramatic seed plumes in autumn/winter add visual interest. A better choice than pampas grass for central Texas gardens. Although this ornamental grass thrives on full, hot sun and very little water, I've found stands of this native grass growing wild in deeply shaded gulleys near wet-weather creekbeds in the Texas Hill Country. Burn or cut to the ground in late February (Texas) for regrowth in spring.