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PlantFiles: 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)

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive frostweed 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 mocatmom 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.


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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