Muhlenbergia schreberi J.F. Gmel.
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Synonym(s): Muhlenbergia palustris, Muhlenbergia schreberi var. palustris
USDA Symbol: MUSC
The genus of this plant is named for Gotthilf Heinrich Ernst Muhlenberg (1753-1815), also Heinrich Ludwig Muehlenberg, or Henry Muhlenberg, who was a German-educated Lutheran minister and the first president of Franklin College, now Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania. He is most famous due to his work in the field of botany. An accomplished botanist, chemist, and minerologist, Henry is credited with classifying and naming 150 species of plants in his 1785 work Index Flora Lancastriensis. Muhlenberg's work and collaboration with European botanists led to great advances in the study of plants and earned him the distinction as America's first outstanding botanist.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 30 inches tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WI , WV
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
BenefitUse Wildlife: Stenodema vicinum (insect) feeds on grass. Young foliage is eaten by cattle and hoofed herbivores.
Warning: The tiny seeds may cling to the feet of animals and the shoes of people, distributing the grass to new areas. The awns (seed husks) of this species and some other grass species with similarly barbed awns pose a serious threat of injury to dogs in which they can cause severe eye injuries. Do not use this grass in areas frequented by dogs.
Interesting Foliage: yes
Deer Resistant: No
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Muhlenbergia schreberi in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Muhlenbergia schreberi in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Muhlenbergia schreberi
MetadataRecord Modified: 2008-08-27
Research By: TWC Staff