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Muhlenbergia schreberi

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
mew-len-BERG-gee-uh shre-BER-ee
Description

Nimblewill is a fine-textured, mat-forming native perennial grass. It is characterized by slender stems, erect early season growth, and narrow leaves that jut out horizontally in different directions. With maturity, the plant tends to sag and grow more horizontally. Reproduction is by seeds and stolons.

It prefers to grow in disturbed areas as fields, along roads, woodland edges or railroad tracks in partial sun and loam, sandy or rocky soils but tolerates clay soil and full sun. This grass is considered a weed by many but it is also sold as a native warm-season grass alternative for the south. It turns a distinctive tan color in the winter.

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
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#sun#partial shade#weed#weedy#high maintenance#fast growing#warm-season grass#weedy grass#perennial weed#native
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#sun#partial shade#weed#weedy#high maintenance#fast growing#warm-season grass#weedy grass#perennial weed#native
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Muhlenbergia
    Species:
    schreberi
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North America
    Distribution:
    AL, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV
    Wildlife Value:
    Birds will eat the seeds. Livestock will eat young shoots.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Weed
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Multi-stemmed
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    High
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Caryopsis
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Panicle
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Grass-like blooms are panicles of spikelets about 2-8" long that are grayish-green, purplish green, or silvery green. Blooms mid-summer to early fall.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Smooth
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    The gray-green or blue-green leaves are up to 3½ inches long and 5 mm. across. They are smooth and ascending to widely spreading. The leaf blades are either flat or furrowed longitudinally with parallel venation. Leaves are rolled in the bud.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Round
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    The .5 to 2-foot long stems are slender, wiry, round and smooth. Growth is erect in spring but sags more with age.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Problems:
    Weedy