Bamboo Muhly
Bamboo Muhly
Bamboo Muhly
Bamboo Muhly
Bamboo Muhly
Bamboo Muhly

Bamboo Muhly

Muhlenbergia dumosa

General Information

  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Low Water Requirement
  • Very Low Maintenance
  • Attracts Birds
  • Deer Resistant

Common Names

Fairy Muhly, Faury Muhly, Weeping Muhly, Arizona Muhly

Plant Description

Sun/part shade. Billowing, feathery foliage makes for a graceful specimen and great special effects when backlit by the sun. Use it in the mid-level in a landscape bed, or cascading along architectural edges.

Despite the name, this muhly is not related to bamboo and it's not invasive; the name is just a reference to the stout grass stalks.

In some years, bamboo muhly will remain nearly evergreen, but it can be cut back as needed to restart, often in mid-spring.

Plant Details

  • plant type: Grasses
  • origins: Northwest Mexico and Arizona


coupon eligible: Yes

watersaver: Yes

flower color: Brown

freeze hardy: Yes

wildlife: Birds

sunlight requirements: Part Sun/Shade

soil types: Clay, Garden Mixed, Thin

invasive: No


Can be cut back as needed in winter or early spring to restart foliage after freezing weather. May appreciate some supplemental summer water in exposed locations.

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