Muhlenbergia filipes (Sweetgrass; Gulf muhly grass)

Height: 2-4 feet (in bloom)
Spread: 2-3 feet
Light: Full to part sun
Soil: Moist to dry soil. Very drought tolerant once established.
Description: Native from NC to Texas. This is the grass that Gullah artisans use to weave sweetgrass baskets along the coasts of GA, SC, and NC. Becoming endangered in many areas due to habitat loss to development. Nearly identical to Muhlenbergia capillaris (pink muhly grass) except that M. filipes blooms earlier and its plumes are up to 2’ taller. Airy, purple-pink plumes in late summer/early fall.


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Photo: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, East Texas Gardening (blog)
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