Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sweet Grass

When the temperatures get hot, many plants in gardens and nurseries literally wilt.

A lot of the posts have been about grasses- and for good reason. Ornamental Grasses are at their peak in August, September and October. They love the heat.

I'm already seeing a few plumes on Sweet Grass (Mulenbergia capillaris) and in just a few weeks they will put on a spectacular display.

Sweet Grass,also called Mulhy Grass, has become a landscape staple- particularly in coastal areas. This native grass takes full sun and can tolerate a range of growing conditions. It works along salt marshes, it's deer-tolerant and it can take wet or dry soils. This picture was taken at Middleton Place Plantation in mid-October along the Ashley River:

The best crop I have seen this year is at Dudley Nurseries in Thomson, Georgia. The foliage color is great, they are well-rooted, and they do not have any thatch at the base. Plus, they are well-spaced, so you don't have to worry about them being floppy in the landscape.


  1. We are seeing them plum out at the Windermere Blvd. Community Garden. Seems a little early this year.

  2. I think it's early, too. I'll be interested to see how the sweetgrass looks in October.



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