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Grass Melinis (Rhynchelytrum) nerviglumis 'Savannah'

Ruby Grass

Melinis Savannah is an ornamental grass. It is widely used in beds and in landscaping mixed with colorful bedding plants. Melinis grows best in warmer climates, where they may be a perennial. In colder climates, the colors will fade in Fall and Winter months but still maintain their beauty until the first heavy snow. Melinis grows compact, up to 36-42” tall when it matures. The grassy leaves grow  in a thick clump. The blue-green, spiky foliage is soft to the touch.  In mid-Spring, the grass puts on deep rose plumes that are approximately 3-4 inches. As the plant matures, the blooms fade from deep rose through shades of pink, finally arriving at a pale cream color. In the midst of the summer when plant is in full bloom, all shades will be present. They are beautiful anywhere in your landscape and in fresh and dried floral arrangements as well.  


18 Inches



10 Inches

Homeowner Growing
& Maintenance Tips

Wherever you choose to plant, this grass is easy to please. It tolerates up to drought conditions as well as prospering in partial sun. Savannah prefers to be in full sun and moist, well-drained soil. 



Interesting Notes

  • Perfect for Spring, Summer and Fall landscape
  • Bold color to frame beds and walkways
  • Warm climate perennial
  • Heat and light tolerant


USDA Hardiness Zone 7-11

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Characteristics & Attributes

Mass Planting
Dried Flower
Focal Point
Border or Bed
Great Foliage
Cut Flower
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Partial Shade
Foliage Color
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