Bush muhly

Muhlenbergia porteri



Bush muhly forms large bunches of wiry, tangled stems and leaves that may resemble a bird's nest. Blades and stems are short and fine. Blades fall from the sheath at maturity. The inflorescence is 2 to 4 inches long, purplish to white, with single, short-awned florets borne on short pedicels. Has also been called "mesquitegrass" and "bush-grass".

Bush muhly is a perennial, warm-season, native - 6 to 24 inches tall.

Good grazing for livestock. Poor grazing for wildlife.


Grows on hills, mesas and plains, often under the protection of brushy or thorny plants. Decreases with heavy grazing.