|Bamboo Muhly, Muhlenbergia dumosa.|
Photos Taken: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
April 19, 2008.
Bamboo Muhly Grass. Muhlenbergia dumosa, Grass Family: ( Poaceae ) ( Gramineae ), Bamboo Muhly: Also called: Faury Bamboo.
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Bamboo Muhly has bright green, fern - like leaves, and a lacy texture; giving it a look like Bamboo. It's feathery texture adds softness to the garden. It is clump forming, with arching stems, and many delicate soft, light green leaves.
Since it can easily reach 6 feet in height, it is an excellent grass to use as a backdrop, a specimen, or in a container.
It is native of southern Arizona and northern Mexico. It blooms in the late fall and into winter. The foliage tips are then covered with masses of small flowers that give the plant a pale pinkish-green cast. It should be planed in the full sun and watered occasionally. It is drought resistant but it looks best on moist, well-drained soil. It retains its leaves down to the mid 20s.
Bamboo Muhly is fast growing, insect, and deer resistant. Its flowers are considered inconspicuous.
Height: Up To 4 to 6 feet tall. With a 3 to 5 foot spread.
Flowers: Its flowers are arranged in panicles with light lavender flowers rising above the foliage.
Flowering Time: Phoenix Arizona. November to January.
Seeds: Its fruits are caryopses.
Leaves: Fern - like leaves with a lacy texture.
Found: The USDA claims it is native to the USA (AZ). Also found in Northern Mexico in northern Sonora.
Soil pH requirements:
Elevation: 0 to 3,800 feet.
Habitat: Sandy desert soils, hot, sunny areas, good drainage, to 3,800 feet.
Miscellaneous: Great xeriscape plant. Photos Taken: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. April 19, 2008.
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