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Rhynchelytrum nerviglume - Ruby Grass

Rhynchelytrum nerviglume, the Ruby Grass is easily naturalized in the garden. When the plumes are backlit the plants can be spectacular. Ruby Grass requires very little assistance from the gardener. That is almost always a good trait in my opinion. The Ruby Grass will grow to about a foot tall including the pink plumes. I allow Rhynchelytrum nerviglume to grow in areas of the yard that are not irrigated, and encourage them along walkways. The Ruby Grass is not particularly invasive though there will be a few seedlings around the plants. Rhynchelytrum nerviglume has a new name that is gradually being used in nursery catalogs - Melinis nerviglumis.

Rhynchelytrum nerviglume, Ruby Grass

Pink-red flower heads of Rhynchelytrum nerviglume - Ruby Grass. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.