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Muhlenbergia dumosa (Bamboo muhly)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.8m
Max height
1.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Muhlenbergia dumosa

Other names

Bamboo muhly

Genus

Muhlenbergia Muhlenbergia

Species

M. dumosa - M. dumosa is a clump-forming, rhizomatous, deciduous perennial, often grown as an annual in cold areas, with upright to arching, bamboo-like stems bearing linear, bright green leaves and narrow panicles of pink-flushed, green flower spikelets in late spring and early summer.


Muhlenbergia dumosa is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming

Flower

Flushed pink, Green in Spring; Flushed pink, Green in Summer

Foliage

Bright-green in Spring; Bright-green in Summer; Bright-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Can be left unmanaged, cut back to 30cm in spring or raked hard in spring to remove old leaves and flowers.

Propagation

Sow seed at 13-16C in late winter or early spring. Tends to self-seed.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Muhlenbergia dumosa (Bamboo muhly) will reach a height of 1.8m and a spread of 1.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Planted in groups, Mediterranean, Low Maintenance, Gravel, Drought Tolerant, Cottage/Informal, Containers, Coastal, City, Beds and borders, Architectural

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Dislikes wet conditions during winter. Will be deciduous in areas with cold winters. Mulch in winter in cold areas. Tolerates heat and drought.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Muhlenbergia dumosa

Other names

Bamboo muhly

Genus

Muhlenbergia Muhlenbergia

Species

M. dumosa - M. dumosa is a clump-forming, rhizomatous, deciduous perennial, often grown as an annual in cold areas, with upright to arching, bamboo-like stems bearing linear, bright green leaves and narrow panicles of pink-flushed, green flower spikelets in late spring and early summer.

Native to

Mexico, Southwestern United States

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming


Colour

Flower

Flushed pink, Green in Spring; Flushed pink, Green in Summer

Foliage

Bright-green in Spring; Bright-green in Summer; Bright-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Can be left unmanaged, cut back to 30cm in spring or raked hard in spring to remove old leaves and flowers.

Propagation

Sow seed at 13-16C in late winter or early spring. Tends to self-seed.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Muhlenbergia dumosa (Bamboo muhly) will reach a height of 1.8m and a spread of 1.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Planted in groups, Mediterranean, Low Maintenance, Gravel, Drought Tolerant, Cottage/Informal, Containers, Coastal, City, Beds and borders, Architectural

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Dislikes wet conditions during winter. Will be deciduous in areas with cold winters. Mulch in winter in cold areas. Tolerates heat and drought.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

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