Bamboo Muhly, Faury Bamboo

Muhlenbergia dumosa

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Muhlenbergia (mew-len-BERG-gee-uh) (Info)
Species: dumosa (doo-MO-suh) (Info)


Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


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

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


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

Hereford, Arizona

Knights Landing, California

San Diego, California (2 reports)

San Leandro, California

Archer, Florida

Atlantic Beach, Florida

Brooksville, Florida

Green Cove Springs, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miccosukee Cpo, Florida

Naples, Florida

Palm Beach, Florida

Valparaiso, Florida

Yulee, Florida

Abita Springs, Louisiana

Opelousas, Louisiana

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Austin, Texas (2 reports)

Dripping Springs, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas

San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

Spring Branch, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 10, 2017, natureguyfrog from San Diego, CA wrote:

Living in San Diego [Sunset zone 24 bordered on zone 23. USDA zone 10A bordered on zone 10B] always presents exciting native flora & fauna opportunities... having more diversity here than anywhere else in the continental USA. According to the Jepson Floro Project the status of Muhlenbergia dumosa as a California native is yet unresolved. I would be pleased to no end if this beautiful grass were claimed to our soils!

Not quite what I came here to talk about... more on culture, redeeming characteristics and gardening surprises… and also a few pics of the Bamboo Muhly.

I have had Bamboo Muhly in my garden since the early 1990’s (or before?). I live in central San Diego with close to 1/4 acre of which part is Chollas Ck. Preserve. My garden is a mixture of nativ... read more


On Jul 9, 2013, ABLivingscape from Atlantic Beach, FL wrote:

A favorite! Does very well in sandy soil and is salt and humidity tolerant. Thrives in blistering afternoon sun but does well in light shade. Evergreen in our coastal environment and needs to be cut back every few years. Does well in poor, dry soils but will get bigger and look better with supplemental water and fertilizer. Good for massing and foundation plantings. It doesn't 'do' anything in the fall (the flowers are tiny and drab) but it always looks like a green puffy cloud.


On May 19, 2012, simthetim from Naples, FL wrote:

This is one of my favorite plants. It's texture and size in the flower bed provide a good-sized (4 feet or so at maturity) soft backdrop to shorter plants. My four plants are in full sun in Naples FL and do well with 3x week irrigation and poor soil, year round. They are not fazed by winter temps in the 20's even.


On Jan 7, 2010, marasri from Dripping Springs, TX wrote:

It goes unwatered in the texas summer in limestone soil. It sits beneath a live oak tree where the setting winter sun lights it up all golden and the wind ruffles it into a glory of woooshiness. I plant three more plants of it in its mass planting every year. I love it. It does not seed out for me,...*#^ it!


On Oct 14, 2009, turektaylor from Elizabeth City, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

i had to move both of mine here in zone 8, to places where they got some respite from our grueling mid-day sun and added more compost and peat.

other than that, i absolutely love it !!

i highly recommend it for it's texture and ability to move so gracefully in the breeze.


On May 19, 2009, Agaveguy from San Antonio, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

It's green year around except when loaded with flowers or seeds and becomes more straw-colored.