Ruby grass

Melinus nerviglumis

Photo/Illustration: 
Saxon Holt
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Ruby grass (Melinus nerviglumis)
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Synonyms:  Rhynchelytrum neriglume
This clumping, blue-green foliaged grass has amethyst-pink flowers that create fluffy, 8- to 12-inch-long plumes throughout the summer. Eventually, the flowers mature to the color of root beer foam. It is heat and drought tolerant, and it makes a fine annual in colder climates. Excellent drainage will help it thrive in humid summer climates. Not invasive from seed, ruby grass works great grown singly in pots or in groups.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Fluffy purplish pink flowers bloom for many weeks in summer.
Care:  Provide full sun. It is tolerant of a wide variety of soils.
Propagation:  Divide or start from seed.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Adaptable
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow,
Niagara
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Grasses

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