Grass (M)

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Photo unavailable MELICA mutica
Two-flowered Melic

Perennial Grass: Given to us by John Greenlee & part of the Greenlee Meadow Collection. Found primarily in open areas in woods. Blooms early June through late July. Tolerates dry or rocky soils. Excellent for attracting wildlife. The birds love to eat the dried seed heads.

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 '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 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 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.

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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