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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Muhlenbergia sericea [= Muhlenbergia capillaris var. filipes, Muhlenbergia filipes]

Sweet Grass, Dune Hairgrass

Scientific Name:

Muhlenbergia sericea [= Muhlenbergia capillaris var. filipes, Muhlenbergia filipes]

Genus:

Muhlenbergia

Species Epithet:

sericea

Common Name:

Sweet Grass, Dune Hairgrass

Plant Type

Grass/Sedge/Rush

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

September, October, November

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Maritime dry grasslands, maritime wet grasslands, interdune swales, low dunes, sometimes edges of freshwater or brackish marshes, apparently limited to the barrier islands (sometimes in close proximity with M. capillaris), sometimes locally abundant. Uncommon to locally abundant in the Outerbanks of NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure, G_?: Uncertain (add status to NOTES section) (*Key)

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://nc.audubon.org/700



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