Botanical Name: Muhlenbergia dumosa
Common Name: Bamboo Muhly, Faury Bamboo
Description: This is a very cool, very different type of ornamental grass. It has a wonderfully soft texture and feathery leaves that sway peacefully in the gentlest of breezes. The stems do resemble actual bamboo, and there is quite an Asian quality to this plant. For the longest time, I thought it was native to Asia, but it is actually native to Arizona. It is a very informal ornamental grass that grows 3-6′ tall and wide, so give it plenty of room. Would be beautiful as either a specimen plant or a medium-size informal hedge. Can grow in sun to part shade areas. Drought tolerant after becoming established. Deer resistant. Does wonderful in either garden beds or in large containers. Deciduous perennial. Provides food/shelter for bees, butterflies, and birds. Large clumps can be divided to rejuvenate the plant and to get more starts to give away or add to your garden.
This plant in 3-gallon containers are 2-4′ tall, not counting the containers.
Plant Lore: Is not related to bamboo, but its leaves do mimic the look of bamboo leaves.
Florida Hardiness Zones 8 – 10