NATAL RUBY GRASS

FAMILY: Poaceae | GENUS: MELINIS

TYPE
  • Ornamental Grasses
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Moderate Water
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

These tropical African grasses are just the ticket if you want lots of show in a sweltering site. They're easy to grow, adapt to any well- drained soil, tolerate drought once established, and are impervious to heat. Bloom in summer, when nodding, pinkish, 3- to 4 inches-long plumes rise above the clumps of slender, arching, blue-green leaves. Excellent complements to agaves, yuccas, and salvias. Great in drifts; also make good container sub- jects. Though short lived, they're easy to start from seed and are often grown as annuals. They reseed rampantly. Formerly known as Rhynchelytrum.

ruby grass

melinis nerviglumis

  • To 22 feet tall, up to 1 feet wide.
  • Coral-pink plumes appear in June and fade to silvery pink by September.
  • Pink Crystals has bright ruby plumes.

natal grass

melinis repens

  • Similar to above but shorter (to just 12 feet tall).
  • Billowy clouds of soft pink plumes fade to cream and tan.

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