big blue muhly
MODERATE WATER (terrace zone)
FULL SUN TO almost full SHADE
HARDY TO -10º F
TO ABOUT 4' TALL AND 5' WIDE
tan spikeS OVER FOLIAGE IN FALl
LARVAL HOST TO MANY BUTTERFLIES
LEAVES USED BY BIRDS FOR NEST-BUILDING
The trustworthy and dependable blue muhly (Muhlenbergia lindheimeri) is a wonderful and under-appreciated mounding grass native to Texas, south into Mexico.
Blue muhly grows to about 5 feet tall, and spreads about 4 feet wide. In fall, tan flowers/seed stalks hover over the mounds of grass. Plants may go dormant, or semi-dormant in winter, though usually still quite attractive. Sheer plants to about an inch or so from the ground to rejuvenate. This species is hardy to about -10º F and can take full sun to almost full shade. Moderate water is best though plants can take periods of drought well.
This is a versatile and tough landscape plant, and is appreciated by nest-building birds and native bees, and seeds are appreciated by seed-eating birds.