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Bull Grass

Muhlenbergia emersleyi

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Grass
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
4' × 4'
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season June-November
Flower Color Cream-pink
Minimum Temperature Range 0-10 °F
Leaf Description Flattened at base of plant, long and narrow
Fruit Inconspicuous.
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Elevation Range 3500-6500 ft.
Ethnobotany Good desert tortoise forage.
Description Similar to deer grass but differs in having a paniculate (open, multi-branched, spreading) inflorescence (flowering head). This species is generally found growing on slopes and ledges whereas deer grass is typically found in canyon bottoms and drainages. Bull grass is a good sized bunch grass that lends itself well to mass planting, or to being interspersed amongst native shrubs such as hopseed bush (Dodonaea viscosa), and yellow bells (Tecoma stans), as well as wildflowers like Parry's penstemon (Penstemon parryi) and Gooding's Verbena (Glandularia gooddingii).