Pine muhly (Muhlenbergia dubia)
Photo courtesy of Mountain States Wholesale Nursery

pine muhly

This plant grows well in the following regions:

  • CVCentral Valley
  • DTDesert
  • NCNorth and Central Coast
  • SCSouth Coast
Map of regions (click to enlarge)
map of California regions


A great looking smaller grass that is similar in appearance but about half the size of California Deer Grass (Muhlenbergia rigens). Good choice for mass planting. Reports of little browsing by deer. Little supplemental irrigation required but can handle more regular irrigation if soil drains well. Hardy to USDA Zone 7 (0-10 F°).

Green leaves are stiff and upright, providing a tidy formal look. Flowers are narrow tan rods similar to Muhlenbergia rigens.

Great choice for mass planting in medians or narrow planting areas where space is limited. Native to elevations from 3300-5000 ft in Arizona, New Mexico, west Texas and Northern Mexico. Needs good drainage

Sun needs:

  • Full sun
  • Partial sun

Water needs:

  • Low water
  • Very low water
Water needs information from WUCOLS unless otherwise noted