Bamboo Muhly

Muhlenbergia dumosa

Fairy Muhly, Faury Muhly, Weeping Muhly, Arizona Muhly

About This Plant

Sun/part shade. Billowing, feathery foliage makes for a graceful specimen and great special effects when backlit by the sun. Bamboo muhly is extremely drought tolerant for a big bunchgrass, easily outcompeting liriope and even some of the other muhlys. Use it in the mid-level in a landscape bed, or cascading along an architectural edge. Despite the name, this muhly is not related to bamboo and it’s not invasive; the name is just a reference to the stout upright grass stalks.

Origins: Northwest Mexico and Arizona


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

One of the most drought-tolerant big bunchgrasses, with playful, billowy foliage. Despite the name, no relation to bamboo.

Min. Height: 3'

Max Height: 5 feet'

Min. Width: 3'

Max Width: 4 feet'

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