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Seep Muhly

Muhlenbergia reverchonii

Other common name(s):

Family:

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Plant Ecoregion Distribution Map

Chihuahuan Deserts, Cross Timbers, Edwards Plateau, Texas Blackland Prairies
Stockton Plateau
Limestone Cut Plain
Balcones Canyonlands, Edwards Plateau Woodland, Llano Uplift
Floodplains and Low Terraces1, Northern Blackland Prairie

Plant Characteristics

Growth Form

Grass & Sedge

Height

1
to
3
ft.

Spread

2
to
3
ft.

Leaf Retention

Deciduous

Lifespan

Perennial

Habitat and Care Requirements

Soil Type(s)

Loam, Clay, Gravelly, Limestone, Caliche, Alkaline, Moist, Dry

Light Requirement

Sun

Water Requirement

Medium

Native Habitat

Grassland

Bloom and Attraction

Bloom Color

White, Pink, Brown

Bloom Season

Summer, Fall

Seasonal Interest

Unknown

Wildlife Benefit

Unknown

Maintenance

Good for limestone prairie restorations within its range. Makes a wonderful plant for a meadow, especially if there is a little bit of moisture such as a seep. Propagation: Seed.

Comments

Hybridizes naturally with the much larger Muhlenbergia lindheimeri to form Muhlenbergia x involuta. Seep Muhly is sometimes said to resemble a less pink, inland limestone version of Gulf muhly (Muhlenbergia capillaris). Its most distinctive trait is not its flowering panicles but the curly mass of old leaf blades that accumulates at the base of the grass as it ages.

References

1) https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=MURE2, 2) https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=41937#null, 3) http://bonap.net/TDC/Image/Map?taxonType=Species&taxonId=18602&locationType=County&mapType=Normal, 3) Griffith, Bryce, Omernick & Rodgers (2007). Ecoregions of Texas.
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