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Muhlenbergia filipes, gulf hairawn muhly or sweet grass, and syn. Muhlenbergia capillaris , is a species of grass in the family Poaceae. It is native to the Southeastern United States.[1]

Muhlenbergia filipes
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Scientific classification
M. filipes
Binomial name
Muhlenbergia filipes

Muhlenbergia capillaris (Lam.) Trin. var. filipes (M. A. Curtis) Chapm. ex Beal[1]

Seminole basketryEdit

Among Florida's Seminole Indians, sweetgrass was the most commonly used material for basket weaving. These baskets were often sold in tourist gift shops. In recent years, sweetgrass is becoming harder to find in South Florida. It is now only harvested during certain times of the year and in just a few locations.[2]

African American artsEdit

This grass has historical importance in South Carolina, where it has been used for Basket weaving. African Americans from the Gullah tradition in the South Carolina Lowcountry still weave artistic baskets using this native grass.[3]


  1. ^ a b Muhlenbergia filipes M.A. Curtis, USDA PLANTS
  2. ^ [1], Florida Museum of Natural History
  3. ^ Sweetgrass for Baskets Archived 2010-07-15 at the Wayback Machine