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MELINIS nerviglumis 'Savannah'

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Family

Poaceae

Botanical Name

MELINIS nerviglumis 'Savannah'

Plant Common Name

Ruby Grass, Zizka

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Grass

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm (18)

  • Width

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm (20)

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Africa, Middle Africa, Southern Africa, Madagascar

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Poorly Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Rose, Burgundy

  • Fruit Color

    White, Light Pink, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Purple, Gray Green, Burgundy

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Edging, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes