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Muhlenbergia emersleyi - Bull Grass
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: Southwest (U.S.) (North America)
Flower Color: Purple
Bloomtime: Fall
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Muhlenbergia emersleyi (Bull Grass) - An evergreen clumping grass with blue-green foliage to about 2-3 feet tall and wide, with a smaller and more dense habit than Deer grass (Muhlenbergia rigens) and with slightly wider leaves. In fall appear the loose spikes with dark purple flowers rising above the foliage. Very drought tolerant. Plant in full sun or part shade in well-drained soil. It is hardy to 0 F. (USDA Zone 7). This beautiful grass is native to rocky slopes in oak woodlands from Arizona to Texas south into Mexico.The German naturalist Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber (1739-1810) named the genus for Gotthilf Heinrich (Henry) Ernst Muhlenberg (1753-1815) who was American born but returned to his ancestral Germany for schooling and later returned to America. He was an ordained Lutheran minister but devoted his free time to the study of the botany.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Muhlenbergia emersleyi.
 
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