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Garden Photo of the Day

Ruby grass is pretty in pink

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Ruby grass (Melinus nerviglumis)

This gray-green, graceful grass is a wonderful, visually soothing addition to summer gardens. The pink blooms begin to appear on arching stems in spring and last through late summer. Also known as pink crystals, this grass prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It is only hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 11, but it can be grown as an annual in colder climates. Its foliage turns a subtle red in fall.

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  1. arboretum 02/18/2010

    wow, a grass that really IS pink plumed. just beautiful. sigh.Now all i have to do is move to Cal. to grow it........

  2. BombasticTurtle 03/11/2012

    On one hand there is a grass lawn that I am looking to reduce ... and on the other hand there is the tall grass that is always so attractive, handsome and looking for a cozy area of the garden to grow in.

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