[Arid_gardener] 'Regal Mist' ornamental grass

Linda Drew drew_linda@hotmail.com
Sat, 02 Feb 2002 21:10:40 +0000

I have not grown this ornamental grass myself.
Here is some information form the web:

Muhlenbergia capillaris (Lam.) Trin. Regal MistTM

We feel that this ornamental grass shows great promise for many different 
regions of the country. Native to humid southeastern Texas, this grass has 
adapted extremely well to the hot, dry conditions of deserts in Arizona and 
Nevada. In fact, it has performed incredibly well in Las Vegas, which is 
cursed with poor soils, high winds, high summer temperatures, and cold 
winters. Regal MistTM is also happy in heavy soils, with ample irrigation. 
In short, it has worked everywhere it has been tried, so far! It is hardy to 
at least ?17.8C (0F). Regal MistTM has narrow, dark green, glossy leaves. 
It grows quickly to form a rounded clump to 0.9 m (3 feet) tall and wide. 
The flower spikes on this grass have attracted a lot of attention... they 
form misty masses of pink to purple flowers in October and November. We 
recommend cutting this plant back in early spring to cut off the dead flower 
spikes and any dormant foliage.

I've found no information on pests, but your description sounds
similar to cochineal scale on prickly pear cactus. could you take
a sample to your nearest county Extension office for identification?

If they are scale, they are an insect that sucks juices from the

Linda Drew
Master Gardener

>From: djhillis@qwest.net
>To: <arid_gardener@Ag.arizona.edu>
>Subject: [Arid_gardener] Question from Home-Hort WWW page
>Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2002 11:17:22 -0700 (MST)
>I have an ornamental grass called Regal Mist. They are the ones that bloom 
>red tips in the fall. On these tips now are small black things and I picked 
>up some and they squished like blood in my fingers. Are they insects, and 
>if so, good or bad? What should I do with them? Thanks. Dennis
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