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MELINIS nerviglumis 'Savannah'
Plant Common Name
Ruby Grass, Zizka
Savannah ruby grass is loved for the mauve-pink seed heads that weep above the thin, curling, pale blue-green leaves. It is a tufted, cold-tender perennial grass native to Madagascar and the grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa. In summer it produces shiny, wine-colored inflorescences (clusters of flowers along the stem tip) that fade slowly to pink and then finally to ivory as they mature. The leaves are blade-like, bluish gray-green, and gracefully curled. Small birds will eat the seeds.
'Savannah' is best situated in a full sun location with sandy to average well-drained soils that are moist to slightly dry. This grass is easy to care for and makes makes a wonderful low- maintenance, edging or bedding plant when grouped in large swathes. It also grows well as a bedding annual, or a container. In cold climates, the clump can be dug up, potted and brought indoors to overwinter, or seeds may germinated indoors and planted outdoors after the spring frosts. It will in summer into early autumn. Ruby grass's inflorescences can be used in floral arrangements, both fresh and dried.
AHS Heat Zone
12 - 8
USDA Hardiness Zone
8 - 11
8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm (18)
12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm (20)
Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer
Africa, Middle Africa, Southern Africa, Madagascar
Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Edging, Mixed Border, Tropical
Sharp or Has Thorns