Para Grass (Mutica)

The Para Grass (Mutica) is generally described as a perennial graminoid. This is not native to the U.S. (United States) and has its most active growth period in the year round . The greatest bloom is usually observed in the indeterminate, with fruit and seed production starting in the year round and continuing until year round. Leaves are not retained year to year. The Para Grass (Mutica) has a long life span relative to most other plant species and a rapid growth rate. At maturity, the typical Para Grass (Mutica) will reach up to 3 feet high, with a maximum height at 20 years of 3 feet.

The Para Grass (Mutica) is easily found in nurseries, garden stores and other plant dealers and distributors. It can be propagated by container, seed, sprigs. It has a slow ability to spread through seed production and the seedlings have medium vigor. Note that cold stratification is not required for seed germination and the plant cannot survive exposure to temperatures below 17°F. has medium tolerance to drought and restricted water conditions.

Plant Basics
Category
Growth Rate Rapid
General Type Graminoid
Growth Period Year Round
Growth Duration Perennial
Lifespan Long
Plant Nativity Introduced to U.S.
Commercial Availability Routinely Available
Physical Characteristics
Bloom Period Indeterminate
Displays Fall Colors No
Shape/Growth Form Stoloniferous
Drought Tolerance Medium
Shade Tolerance Intermediate
Height When Mature 3
Vegetative Spread Moderate
Flower Color Purple
Flower Conspicuousness No
Fruit/Seed Abundance Low
Fruit/Seed Seasonality Year Round Year Round
Seed Spread Rate Slow
Gardening Characteristics
Propagations (Ways to Grow) Container, Seed, Sprigs
Moisture Requirements Medium
Cold Stratification Required No
Minimum Temperature 17
Soil Depth for Roots 36
Toxic to Nearby Plants No
Toxic to Livestock No
After-Harvest Resprout Ability No
Responds to Coppicing No
Growth Requirements
pH Range 5.5–7 pH
Precipitation Range 30–30 inches/yr
Planting Density 1000–40000 indiv./acre
Soil Textures Coarse, Fine, Medium
Soil Depth for Roots 36
Minimum Frost-Free Days 365 day(s)
Salinity Tolerance Low
CaCO3 Tolerance Medium
Sustainability & Use
Leaf Retention No
Palatability Medium
Fire Resistant No
Causes Livestock Bloating None

Source: USDA, NRCS, PLANTS Database, plants.usda.gov.
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA