Melinis nerviglumis 'Savannah'. So named for its deep red panicles, this lovely ornamental grass begins as a very round clump of blue green foliage about 25cm (10") wide. Then, in mid-summer, the flowering stalks begin to appear, starting red, but fading to pink and then to creamy silver at maturity. By the middle of August, all the colours are present, with some flower stalks as tall as 90cm (36"). The plant can be grown as a perennial in warmer areas (Zones 8-10), but in cooler zones it should be thought of as an annual. It looks spectacular in nearly any garden setting, in large containers, and in rock gardens. Ruby Grass is drought tolerant, but thrives in moist, well drained soil in full sun to partial shade. It can be grown beneath/near Black Walnut, and is tolerant of pollution.
Ruby Grass is drought tolerant, but thrives in moist, well drained soil in full sun to partial shade. It can be grown beneath/near Black Walnut, and is tolerant of pollution. Continue reading below for tips on how to grow Ruby Grass.
Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Sow indoors in peat pots, 6-8 weeks before last frost. Transplant after frost at 30cm (12") spacing. Or direct sow outdoors after last frost or in the autumn. Expect germination in 10-21 days.
Sow 5mm (1/8") deep, and keep soil just moist.
This annual grass will grow in full sun to partial shade, in containers, raised beds, or in xeriscaping schemes. Make sure the soil is well drained and not that fertile. Once it is growing, it requires very little care. It is tolerant of drought and stress, and is non-competitive.