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2024 Seed Catalog

Savannah ruby grass - ornamental grass - Melinus nerviglumis
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Savan­nah Ruby Grass

Ornamental Grass Seeds

Melinus nerviglumis

Fluffy 4-6 in. long, rich mauve plumes age to a soft rose pink, then finish a light cream to tan. Flowers are long lasting and excellent for cutting. Leaves are slender and blue green, form neat, lush clumps smothered in summer flowers.

Savannah ruby grass grows 15-24 in. tall, is colorful and easy to grow in mixed borders and is also lovely when planted in patio containers. Among the showiest of grasses. Winter hardy to zone 8, can be grown as an annual everywhere.

25 seeds - $3.49
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How to Plant and Grow Savannah Ruby Grass

Plant Savannah Ruby Grass Seeds: Sow Savannah ruby grass seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil and barely cover. Light aids germination. Keep soil evenly moist. Kept at 70 to 75° F., emergence is in 7-14 days. Transplant into the garden after all danger of frost. Can direct sow in groups of 3 seeds, spaced 12 to 15 inches apart. Thinning Savannah ruby grass seedlings is not required.

Grow Savannah Ruby Grass: Full sun or part shade. Well-drained soil with regular water. Once established, allow soil to dry out somewhat between waterings. Plant groups of Savannah ruby grass in beds, mixed borders, and containers, or mass in the landscape. Clumps of Savannah ruby grass can be transplanted into in containers in fall and overwintered in a frost-free location. Give some light and a bare minimum of water. Where perennial, cut plants back hard in late fall to late winter, to within a few inches of the ground.

Dig Deeper: Low maintenance plants look fresh and tidy even in hottest weather and are also high performers in cool seaside gardens. The long-lasting plumes make beautiful fresh cut flowers, and will keep their color when dried. Grow Savannah ruby grass with with rudbeckia for a marvelous contrast of textures and colors. When back lit by the setting sun this combination creates a breathtaking scene. Savannah ruby grass is native to Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar.

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