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Lindheimer's muhly is a soft textured species with narrow semi-evergreen leaves that are medium green in color and provide a soft and relaxed character in garden settings. It is native to Texas and Mexico and, like other muhly grasses, has proven to be highly adaptable to garden conditions. Foliage grows 2-3 ft. tall; flower panicles can reach 5 ft. high.

Lindheimer's muhly is a large clumping species distinguished by its green leaves and soft texture. Its flower panicles are plume-like and are more spectacular than Deer grass, M. rigens, resulting in a more pronounced floral display. Foliage and panicles fade to pale green and blond colors in late fall; cut back to the base in late fall through early winter to prepare for the upcoming spring growth cycle. A good border plant, in parkways and on banks and slopes to contrast with flowering perennials and shrubs.

Water Needs

Lindheimer's muhly grass easily adapts to sunny garden locations and low amounts of supplemental water during summer. The chart shown below provides a recommended baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several months indicated by an asterisk (*) when winter rains can provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates it can grow with varying amounts of water; more water in the spring will result in a longer flowering season.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Moderate Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 3

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 3x 0x to 3x 0x to 3x 2x to 3x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 2x to 3x 0x to 3x 0x to 3x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
Inches per Month 0" to 3" 0" to 3" 0" to 3" 2" to 3" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 2" to 3" 0" to 3" 0" to 3"

Range of supplemental summer water: 9"-16"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-15"

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
For more information on how to use this Irrigation Schedule and Graph, follow this link.

For information how to calculate your irrigation system’s schedule and precipitation rate, please follow this link.

Plant Properties

Plant Type: Grass
Foliage Character: Semi-deciduous
Habit: Upright, Mounding, Arching
Growth Rate: Fast
Height: 2 ft. - 5 ft.
Width: 3 ft. - 6 ft.
Water Needs: Moderate 3
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Cream
Flower Season: Summer, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Drought, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Raised planters, Parks and open space, Near pools and water features, Foliage accent plant, Flowering accent plant, Civic spaces, Borders, Banks


In late winter or early spring, just prior to spring growth, cut back hard, to an appx. 6"-1' mound. For multiple plants, this is best done using a manual or powered hedge trimmer. If needed, dried flowers can be cleaned up over the winter with a very light shearing, but it is a warm season growing grass so avoid cutting back significantly during the cool season. If you only have a few plants, old flower stalks can be removed individually with a hand pruner. After the pink flowers fade to tan, the dried flowers continue to look attractive for quite some time. Consider waiting to remove dried flowers until they begin to look unattractive (S).



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