Grass (M)

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Photo unavailable MELICA mutica
Two-flowered Melic Grass

Perennial Grass: Evergreen. Given to us by John Greenlee & part of the Greenlee Meadow Collection. Native to SE US. Grows naturally in moist or dry areas in open woods and thickets. Bloom time: spring-summer. Bloom color: yellow, green, brown. Excellent for attracting wildlife. Birds eat the dried seeds and use the foliage for nesting material. Height: 12-36 inches. Tolerates sun or shade and dry or rocky soils. Water: moist/dry. USDA Z5.

Photo unavailable MELICA nitens
Three-flowered Melick Grass

Perennial Grass: Deciduous. Given to us by John Greenlee & part of the Greenlee Meadow Collection. A very graceful-looking, rhizomatous, cool-season grass that's clump-forming & slowly spreads. Carpets of thick blade-like bt. green accompanied by cream feather-like flower spikes in late spring-summer. The grass has spikelets w/2-4 flowers each. Wonderful woodland grass. Ht: 3-5'. Exp.: pt shade. Water: mod.

MILIUM effusum 'Aureum' (syn. 'Bowles Golden'), Wood Millet MILIUM effusum 'Aureum' (syn. 'Bowles Golden')
Wood Millet

Perennial Grass: One of the best grasses for part shade/shade. Tufting semi-evergreen foliage gently arches & fades in summer. Uses: woodland, rock & water gardens, borders, ground cover & with ferns & hostas. Blooms spring-summer w/dainty greenish yellow spikelets 12-18" above the 6-18" foliage. Attracts butterflies. Deer resistant. Water: moist. USDA Z6-10.

Photo unavailable MISCANTHUS sinensis 'Gracillimus'
Japanese Silver, Eulalia & Maiden Grass

Perennial Grass: Clump former with great fall interest. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Deciduous slender white-veined arching blades. In October summer green bleeds to showy almond winter color. Suitable border, cut flower, bog & coastal plant. Attracts butterflies. Blooms: white & fan shaped. Size: 5-8' x 5-8'. Sun. Water: moderate to moist. USDA Z4-10.

Photo unavailable MISCANTHUS sinensis 'Gracillimus'
Japanese Silver, Eulalia & Maiden Grass

Perennial Grass: Clump former with great fall interest. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Deciduous slender white-veined arching blades. In October summer green bleeds to showy almond winter color. Suitable border, cut flower, bog & coastal plant. Attracts butterflies. Blooms: white & fan shaped. Size: 5-8' x 5-8'. Sun. Water: moderate to moist. USDA Z4-10.

Photo unavailable MISCANTHUS sinensis 'Morning Light'
Japanese Silver Grass, Eulalia Grass, Maiden Grass

Perennial Grass: Clump forming grass with great fall interest. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Deciduous finely variegated pastel gray-green foliage. Suitable border, cut flower, rock garden, bog & coastal plant. Attracts butterflies. Bloom color: pink. Height: 3-6 feet. Exposure: sun/light shade. Water: moderate-moist. USDA Z4-10.

Photo unavailable MISCANTHUS sinensis 'Morning Light'
Japanese Silver Grass, Eulalia Grass, Maiden Grass

Perennial Grass: Clump forming grass with great fall interest. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Deciduous finely variegated pastel gray-green foliage. Suitable border, cut flower, rock garden, bog & coastal plant. Attracts butterflies. Bloom color: pink. Height: 3-6 feet. Exposure: sun/light shade. Water: moderate-moist. USDA Z4-10.

Photo unavailable MISCANTHUS transmorrisonensis
Eulalia Grass

Perennial Grass: Evergreen. Drought and coast tolerant. Deer resistant. Clump forming grass with great fall interest. Good large ground cover, border and cut flower plant. Attracts butterflies. Blooms summer to late fall/winter. Bloom color: golden. Size: 3-4' x 3-4'+. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate. USDA Z6.

Photo unavailable MISCANTHUS transmorrisonensis
Eulalia Grass

Perennial Grass: Evergreen. Drought and coast tolerant. Deer resistant. Clump forming grass with great fall interest. Good large ground cover, border and cut flower plant. Attracts butterflies. Blooms summer to late fall/winter. Bloom color: golden. Size: 3-4' x 3-4'+. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate. USDA Z6.

Photo unavailable MUHLENBERGIA capillaris
Hairy Awn Muhly, Pink Muhly Grass

Perennial: SW U.S. native. Very showy & versatile. Tolerates seasides, deer, hot climates, bog & soil from moist to dry, acidic to alkaline & sandy to marshy. Fire retardant. Attracts butterflies. Blooms: late summer w/reddish-purple airy, fluffy panicles that look like cotton candy. Cut back after flowering if desired. Growth: 3-4' x 3-4'. Sun/part shade. USDA Z5-11

Photo unavailable MUHLENBERGIA dubia
Pine Muhly

Perennial Grass: Evergreen. Deer resistant. Drought & heat tolerant. Attracts butterflies. A finely textured grass with cylindrical green blades. A clump former that is native to Texas, New Mexico & Mexico. Ht: 2-3'. W: 2'. The purplish gray flower spikes emerge in Aug-Nov and fade to cream with age and rise to 3.5'. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate/dry. USDA Z7.

Photo unavailable MUHLENBERGIA emersleyi
Bull Grass

Perennial Grass: Evergreen. Extremely heat & drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Smaller & more dense habit than M. rigens w/slightly wider lvs. Its fine bluish grey-green leaves, can be used in many situations. Useful as a specimen or in groups. Attracts butterflies. Blms: summer-fall; masses of loose, rosy-purple flower spikes, which dry to a tan color in the winter. Size: 2-3' x 2-3'. Exp.: sun, can take light shade. Water: dry. USDA Z7.

Photo unavailable MUHLENBERGIA emersleyi
Bull Grass

Perennial Grass: Evergreen. Extremely heat & drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Smaller & more dense habit than M. rigens w/slightly wider lvs. Its fine bluish grey-green leaves, can be used in many situations. Useful as a specimen or in groups. Attracts butterflies. Blms: summer-fall; masses of loose, rosy-purple flower spikes, which dry to a tan color in the winter. Size: 2-3' x 2-3'. Exp.: sun, can take light shade. Water: dry. USDA Z7.

Photo unavailable MUHLENBERGIA lindheimeri
Lindheimer's Muhly

Perennial Grass: Semi-evergreen/deciduous. Tolerates deer, drought, heat, light shade, rocky soil & heavy clay. This low maintenance grass has finely textured leaves & can be used in many situations. Good cut flower. Attracts butterflies. Blooms: summer-fall; plumes emerge purplish & fade to gray. Ht: 5'. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate. USDA Z7-9.

Photo unavailable MUHLENBERGIA rigens
Deer Grass, Muhly

Perennial: Evergreen heat, deer, coast & drought tolerant grass. Good slope cover & erosion control. Tolerant of dry, rocky soil, alkaline & saline conditions. Attracts butterflies. The grayish spikelets mature to wheat in winter. The 2' spikes are above the foliage & are erect then arch over foliage. 3-4' x 3-4'. Sun/part shade. Water: moderate. USDA Z7-9.

Photo unavailable MUHLENBERGIA rigens
Deer Grass, Muhly

Perennial: Evergreen heat, deer, coast & drought tolerant grass. Good slope cover & erosion control. Tolerant of dry, rocky soil, alkaline & saline conditions. Attracts butterflies. The grayish spikelets mature to wheat in winter. The 2' spikes are above the foliage & are erect then arch over foliage. 3-4' x 3-4'. Sun/part shade. Water: moderate. USDA Z7-9.

Photo unavailable MUHLENBERGIA rigens
Deer Grass, Muhly

Perennial: Evergreen heat, deer, coast & drought tolerant grass. Good slope cover & erosion control. Tolerant of dry, rocky soil, alkaline & saline conditions. Attracts butterflies. The grayish spikelets mature to wheat in winter. The 2' spikes are above the foliage & are erect then arch over foliage. 3-4' x 3-4'. Sun/part shade. Water: moderate. USDA Z7-9.

Photo unavailable MUHLENBERGIA rigens
Deer Grass, Muhly

Perennial: Evergreen heat, deer, coast & drought tolerant grass. Good slope cover & erosion control. Tolerant of dry, rocky soil, alkaline & saline conditions. Attracts butterflies. The grayish spikelets mature to wheat in winter. The 2' spikes are above the foliage & are erect then arch over foliage. 3-4' x 3-4'. Sun/part shade. Water: moderate. USDA Z7-9.

MUHLENBERGIA species 'Mexico', Big Mexican Muhly MUHLENBERGIA species 'Mexico'
Big Mexican Muhly

Perennial Grass: Given to us by John Greenlee & part of the Greenlee Meadow Collection. Evergreen heat, deer, coast & drought tolerant grass. Great background grass & for screening or on slopes or bioswales. Think of it as Muhlenbergia rigens on steroids, bigger but also tidy. Showy tall narrow spikes emerge late spring are silvery-gray maturing to tan and are 3-4' above the foliage. 4-6' x 4-6'. Sun/pt shade. Water: mod. Z7.

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