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Bamboo Muhly

Muhlenbergia dumosa

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Grass
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
3-4' × 4-5'
Flowering Season January-May
Flower Color Pink
Minimum Temperature Range 5 °F
Leaf Description Narrow, lime green
Fruit Inconspicuous.
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Elevation Range 2000-6000 ft.
Description This unique species resembles a bamboo grove in miniature, with numerous stems arising from the dense root system. The foliage is a light green and grows thickly and looks feathery from a distance, and these patches are stunning when blown by the wind. Inflorescence takes on a light pink tone and granivorous (seed eating) birds are attracted to bamboo muhly as a hood plant. Generally found growing on rocky cliff edges or boulder piles in grasslands and oak woodlands, this species will do well in a variety of soil types and exposures in cultivation.