Muhlenbergia emersleyi El Toro

El Toro Muhly Grass

Purple and Silver Muhlenbergia emersleyi El Toro, Muhlenbergia emersleyi El Toro, El Toro Muhly Grass

El Toro' is a selected form of this Southwestern native species that blooms in late summer with a showy display of ivory flower spikes that ripen to silver. Very heat and drought tolerant once established. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 6 - 9
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Very Waterwise
10 to 20"
Bloom Time Early summer to mid fall
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 71137


36" tall x 36" wide. This wonderful native ornamental grass, 'El Toro' has coarse blue-green foliage and blooms in late summer with showy, fluffy rosy-purple tinted flower spikes that age to tan. A very heat tolerant selection from Mountain State Wholesale Nursery. Most soil including clay.

SKU 71137
Common Name El Toro Muhly Grass
Botanical Name Muhlenbergia emersleyi El Toro
Zones 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Purple, Silver
Mature Height 36" tall
Mature Spread 36" wide
Bloom Time Early summer to mid fall
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Season Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Very Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20"
Advantages Deer Resistant
Ideal Region Hot Desert, Anywhere In The US
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Canada No

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Good slow-growing grass


from Boulder, CO

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  • Attractive
  • Hardy


  • Small In Size

Best Uses

  • Garden
  • Outdoors

Comments about High Country Gardens Muhlenbergia emersleyi El Toro:

While it takes a few seasons to reach full size, this is a hardy little grass that provides beautiful winter interest. It has survived in our (irrigated) CO garden with no soil amendments or special care. This fall a windstorm knocked over some of the seedheads so its display isn't as striking as usual. The stems as well as the seedheads gradually bleach to white/off-white and are beautiful in the late afternoon sun.

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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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