Muhlenbergia lindheimeri

Latin Name: Muhlenbergia lindheimeri
Common Name: Lindheimers Muhly Grass, Big Muhly
Mature Height (ft): 3-5'
Mature Width: 3'

Mature Shape

Bunch Grass
Mulch: Inorganic.

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Lindheimers muhly grass is native to the Edwards Plateau of Texas. It is cold hardy and heat tolerant, a tall, warm season bunch grass. It forms a good size ornamental specimen with upright blue green or blue gray blades and tall showy, almost spike like inflorescences in late summer. Not as large as pampas grass, it is a better native alternative. There are two muhly grasses native to the Southwest, Muhlenbergia asperifolia, scratchgrass, and M. porteri, bush muhly, both of which are shorter and fine textured, not bunchgrasses, spread by rhizomes and can be invasive in all but the driest places.

Use in Garden

In locations where large bunch grasses are needed, either as a specimen or in drifts. Large enough bunch grass that it can be used for screening.


Cut back to 2-3 inches of the ground in last winter if it is not evergreen in your location..