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

Foliage Color:

Silver/Gray

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

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:

This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Non-patented

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:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Aug 26, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A big, beautiful ornamental grass. The fine-textured foliage is semi-evergreen, and needs to be cut back hard in late winter/early spring. The seed stems last into winter.

Though native to the southwest and touted for its drought tolerance, this warm-season grass also performs well in the humid, high-rainfall southeastern US, as long as the soil is well drained.

Hardy to Z6.

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.

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