Muhlenbergia lindheimeri is a 2-5 ft. perennial bunchgrass with delicate foliage and a fountain-like form. Seedheads are silvery.
Native from the Edwards Plateau of central Texas south to northern Mexico, Big muhly or Lindheimer's muhly has become increasingly popular since the 1980s as an elegant, large-scale specimen grass, large enough for screening. It can be a soft-textured substitute for introduced Pampas grass, which approaches stature. Its blue-green leaves and lacy autumn panicles grace live oak (Quercus fusiformis) savannahs and limestone outcrops within its natural range.
The foliage persists through the winter, though most will be dormant. Not necessary to cut back during the cold months; if you do, it may be slow to recover. To keep tidy looking, break off old flower stalks when they become brittle and "comb" the plant with a leaf rake to remove dead leaves.
Light: Full sun
Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10
Origin: Texas & Mexico