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Gulf Muhly Grass Muhlenbergia sericea

Previously known as:

  • Muhlenbergia capillaris var. filipes
  • Muhlenbergia filipes
Phonetic Spelling
mew-len-BERG-gee-uh ser-ee-KEE-uh
Description

Sweet Grass is a native ornamental grass with attractive purple to green foliage. This plant is especially well suited for planting in landscape areas that receive minimal maintenance and is generally marketed by the nursery trade in the southeastern U.S. under the common name purple muhly. This species is an important component of the coastal ecological community. Its root system provides structural stability to the soils.

Habitat: Var. cubense: wet to dry sandy pinelands.Dry or wet sandy soils of pinelands, fresh and brackish marshes, shores

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#slopes#NC native#native ornamental grass#food source fall#Coastal OBL#food source herbage#Piedmont Mountains FAC#food source hard mast fruit#mammals#butterfly larvae#birds#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#slopes#NC native#native ornamental grass#food source fall#Coastal OBL#food source herbage#Piedmont Mountains FAC#food source hard mast fruit#mammals#butterfly larvae#birds#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Muhlenbergia
    Species:
    sericea
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Used in coiled basketry
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southeastern U.S.A.
    Wildlife Value:
    This plant attracts birds, butterflies, and mammals. It provides cover, nesting sites, and travel corridors for song birds, waterfowl, and small mammals.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Ornamental Grasses and Sedges
  • 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 Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Pink
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Caryopsis
    Fruit Description:
    Pinkish maturing to brown fruit displays from October to December.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Flower Description:
    The elongated panicles are 7- to 24- inches long and diffuse or open, with fine branches. Spikelets are 3- to 5-mm long and purplish in color. October to November.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Leaf-blades are 13- to 39-inches long and 1/2- to 1 inch wide, usually involute (rolled inwards), dark green in color, and smooth on the upper surface and rough on the lower.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Naturalized Area
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds