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, 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.

Bamboo muhly is not related to bamboo and it's not at all invasive; the name is just a reference to the woody appearance of the grass stalks. It doesn't reseed at all. In some years bamboo muhly will remain nearly evergreen, but it can be cut back as needed to restart 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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