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Muhlenbergia capillaris (Pink Muhly Grass)

Pink Muhly Grass, Gulf Muhly, Hair-Awn Muhly, Hairy-Awn Muhly, Hair Grass, Pink Muhly


Incredibly ornamental, Muhlenbergia capillaris (Pink Muhly Grass) is a clump-forming, warm season, perennial grass forming surreal clouds of vibrant pink to pinkish-red flower panicles from early to late fall. Resembling cotton candy, the large, airy, open inflorescences, half as long as the entire plant, float gracefully above the dark green, basal foliage of finely textured leaves. They hold their terrific color for weeks before gradually fading to light tan. Pink Muhly remains attractive in winter and creates a stunning floral in the late season garden display when planted in groups or sweeps. Ideal for hot and dry climates.

  • Grows up to 3 ft. tall and wide (90 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun or light shade, in sandy or rocky, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. This plant is heat, humidity, poor soils, salt and drought tolerant. Deer resistant too!
  • Glistening in the sun, Pink Muhly Grass is a graceful addition to beds and borders, rock gardens, coastal gardens, cottage gardens. This is also an excellent choice for prairies and meadows.
  • Propagate by seed or division in spring
  • Native to western-central United States

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 3 – 12
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Fall
Winter
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Salt
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 3 – 12
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Fall
Winter
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Salt
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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