Muhlenbergia schreberi is a perennial C4 grass (Smith and Martin 1987; Basinger 2002), 20-60 cm tall, slow growing; tufted, later sprawling, rooting at lower nodes becoming colonial, wispy, dark gray-green; sheaths usually shorter than internodes, ligule hairy, minute, hairy around base of blade-top of sheath.
Leaves alternate, 2-8 cm long, 0.1-0.4 cm wide.
Flower spikelets 1-flowered, to 0.2 cm, glumes minute, membranous, lemma hairy at base, with awn to 0.4 cm; Inflorescence contacted, very slender to 10 x 0.3 cm, pale gray-green, often appears stippled with white, branches appressed; July-Nov. Seeds eaten by small birds (Martin et al., 1951).
Wetland status: FAC.
Frequency in NYC: Occasional.
Habitat: Lawns, gardens, edges, part to full shade, in disturbed, moist or dry soil, along woodland trails, roadsides, often weedy, soil pH 4.5-7.5. Tolerant of shade, somewhat tolerant of drought and fire, intolerant of salt (USDA, NRCS 2010).