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Muhlenbergia dubia - Pine Muhly
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: Southwest (U.S.) (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Tan
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Height: 1-3 feet
Width: Clumping
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Muhlenbergia dubia (Pine Muhly) - A dense evergreen clump-forming grass with upright foliage to 24 inches and erect narrow cream, aging-to-tan-colored flower spikes to 3 1/2 feet tall in late summer and fall. This grass comes from elevations of 3,300-5,000 feet in the Chihuahuan desert from eastern Arizona, New Mexico, South Texas and northern Mexico. Plant in full sun in fairly well-drained soil. Little supplemental irrigation required but can handle more regular irrigation if soil drains well. Hardy to USDA Zone 7 (0-10 F). A great looking smaller grass that is similar in appearance but about half the size of California Deer Grass (Muhlenbergia rigens) and, as such, is more usable in smaller gardens. We have also seen reports that this grass is rarely browsed by deer. 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 and devoted his free time to the study of the botany. The specific epithet comes from the Latin word 'dubi' meaning "doubtful" or "uncertain" as in the sense of not conforming to what is thought normal for a Muhlenbergia. We thank John Greenlee who introduced us to this wonderful grass that we have been offering in our catalogs since 2006.  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 dubia.
 
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