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Bamboo Muhly

Bamboo Muhly

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Muhlenbergia dumosa

Muhlenbergia dumosa is an exciting grass from southern Arizona and northern Mexico that looks like a dainty bamboo with its 4-6 feet tall, light, airy stems of bright-green foliage. In late fall and winter, the foliage tips become decorated with tiny flowers that give the plant a pale pinkish-green cast. Although rhizomatous, it spreads slowly and becomes easily controlled. Plant in full sun and water occasionally – this is a drought-tolerant grass, though it looks lusher with an occasional drink.

Muhlenbergia dumosa grows naturally on rocky slopes, canyon ledges, and cliffs in oak-pine and thorn-scrub forests and open prairie from 2,000 to 6,000 feet in elevations in southern Arizona to southern Mexico from southern Baja California, Sonora to Jalisco, and the Chihuahuan Desert region.

Height: 4’-6’
Spread: 3’-5’
Bloom: October-January 
Light: Full Sun, Dappled Shade
Water: Low
Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Origin: Southwestern U.S. & Mexico

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