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.
I cut them back in late February. If you look closely, you can see the brown cut ends in this photo.
New foliage appeared in March (along with a fourth clump), and seed heads followed in April.
It's stunning when the light hits it just right, at day's end. Can't wait for its "leap" year next spring!
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