Saturday, April 16, 2011

Foliage Follow-Up: April 2011

This month's Foliage Follow-Up is dedicated to 'Ruby Grass' (Melinis nerviglumis), also called 'Ruby Crystals' or 'Pink Crystals' grass.

I purchased small three clumps last year and planted them much too closely to the edge of my front path. As pictured here, they put out a few wan seed heads last spring. They did spread considerably over the summer and fall, then died back in the winter.
Melinis nerviglumis 'Ruby Crystals'

I cut them back in late February. If you look closely, you can see the brown cut ends in this photo.
'Ruby Crystals' grass

New foliage appeared in March (along with a fourth clump), and seed heads followed in April.
'Ruby Crystals' grass

It's stunning when the light hits it just right, at day's end. Can't wait for its "leap" year next spring!
'Ruby Crystals' grass
Visit Digging: It All Starts with a Patch of Dirt to see more fantastic foliage.

Words and photos © 2009-2011 Caroline Homer for "The Shovel-Ready Garden". Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.

4 comments:

  1. That's a very nice looking grass- I can see why you like them. Very attractive - I bet when the breeze catches 'em, you can hardly look away from 'em.

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  2. That is lovely! I love the colors.

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  3. Very nice, Caroline. Boy, I wish mine were performing as well as yours and Rock Rose's. Mine are still just straggly, cut-back brown clumps, with a few random flowering stalks sticking out, like a bad haircut. Maybe they will recover as the weather gets warmer.

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  4. Oooh! It's grown as an annual here in St. Louis, but looks like something I need to find and give a try!

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