UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

Water Wise Plants

Muhlenbergia dubia

muh-len-BER-jee-ah DOO-bee-uh
Common Name
Pine Muhly
Plant Type
Mature Size
2 ft. to 3 ft. wide and tall with plumes rising 4 ft. to 5 ft.
Water Requirements
Low: water every three weeks until the root ball is wet
Sun/Shade Requirements
Full sun
Flower Color
No flowers
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips

Muhlenbergia dubia from the southwest U.S. is one of our favorite grasses for the summer dry garden. It looks very similar to the more common Muhlenbergia rigens (deer grass), but it is a third of its size. That makes this plant a better choice for pots and small spaces.

Like most grasses Muhlenbergia dubia really shines in the fall when its graceful leaves add movement and texture to the garden.

In the spring we like to rake out the older growth to encourage new green leaves. Every three years we shear this plant down the ground. That is the only maintenance we do on this plant.

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