Muhlenbergia capillaris

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Plant types and subtypes: Grasses, Ornamental Grasses

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: average, poor, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 2'-3'

Bloom Time: August, September, October

Bloom Color: purple, pink

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Additional Tags: clumping, deer resistant, drought tolerant, dune plant, fall interest, ornamental foliage, salt tolerant, salt-spray tolerant

Muhlenbergia capillaris (hairawn muhly)
  • Muhlenbergia capillaris (hairawn muhly)
  • Muhlenbergia capillaris (hairawn muhly)
  • Muhlenbergia capillaris (hairawn muhly)

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Description

Muhlenbergia capillaris

Also known as:

hairawn muhly

,

gulf muhly

,

long-awn hairgrass

,

purple muhly

,

purple muhlygrass

,

hair-awn muhly

,

hairy-awn muhly

,

hair grass

,

pink muhly

,

pink muhlygrass

Scientific Synonyms:

Muhlenbergia capillaris var. capillaris

Description

Muhlenbergia capillaris is an ornamental with exceptional visual splendor. It forms elegant symmetrical clumps with thin, dark green arching leaves. But, the fireworks turn on in early fall when it produces masses of feathery inflorescences that form a pinkish cloud floating above the foliage. When in bloom, the plants form an almost perfect half sphere 3' in diameter.

Cultivation

Pink muhlygrass is trouble free, very easy to grow yet not aggressive. It thrives in full sun and lean, well-drained, moist to dry soil. It is very drought tolerant, but will produce larger plants in a moist environment. The blooming period begins in early fall, with seed heads that will persist through winter. A haircut in early spring, before new growth emerges, will tidy up the plant's appearance. Zones 5-11

Propagation

Propagate by seed or division in early spring.

Additional Notes

Tunning in masse plantings, or as specimens. Combines beautifully with tall, late season bloomers such as Liatris, Solidago, and Symphyotrichum (Aster). Very deer resistant.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: CT, IN, MD, NJ
  • Extirpated: PA
  • Presumed Extirpated: OH

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Cyperales
Family Poaceae Grass family
Genus Muhlenbergia muhly
Species Muhlenbergia capillaris hairawn muhly