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Muhlenbergia lindheimeri

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Epicampes gracilis
Phonetic Spelling
mew-len-BERG-gee-uh lind-HY-mer-ee
Description

Muhlenbergia lindheimeri is a 2-5 ft. perennial bunchgrass with fine foliage and a fountain-like form. Blue-green leaves and lacy autumn panicles grace Texas uplands.

The foliage persists through the winter, though most of it will be dormant. Not necessary to cut back during the cold months; if you do, it may be slow to recover. To keep tidy looking, break off old flower stalks when they become brittle and comb the plant with a leaf rake to remove dead leaves. 

 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Lenli'
'Lenli'
Tags:
#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#semi-evergreen#resistant#ornamental grass#deer resistant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Lenli'
'Lenli'
Tags:
#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#semi-evergreen#resistant#ornamental grass#deer resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Muhlenbergia
    Species:
    lindheimeri
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    SW U.S.A.
    Distribution:
    Limestone uplands near streams. On limestone outcrops, often close by small streams. Well-drained sand, loam, clay, limestone in Texas to northern Mexico
    Wildlife Value:
    Fair to good forage for livestock and wildlife. Leaves provide nesting material for birds.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ornamental Grasses and Sedges
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Gray/Silver
    White
    Fruit Type:
    Caryopsis
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Light purplish-grey in fall; long-lasting
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Cream/Tan
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Heat