Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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Muhly, sandhill
Béé’ézhóó’
(a.k.a. wickiup grass)

Bunchy growth habit. The grass can form mats in sandy soils.

Sandhill muhly, often found in or near blowout or dune areas on sandy sites, is a perennial bunchgrass 4 to 24 inches tall. It often forms large, rounded clumps or rings, dying out in the center. It reproduces by rhizomes and seed. Sandhill muhly has little value as forage for livestock or wild grazers. It is effective in controlling wind erosion in very sandy areas.

Dense, fibrous nature of the grass with its spines and tough leaf blades
Spiny leaf tips
Herbarium photo of a clump of grass showing leaves and copious seedheads

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