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Muhlenbergia capillaris

Common Name(s):
Gulf muhly, Mule grass, Pink hair grass, Pink muhly grass
Native Plants, Ornamental Grass, Perennials

Pink muhly grass is an absolute showstopper source of late-season color. As an ornamental grass, it is a great compliment to those landscape beds with fading summer annuals. The delicate plumes of flower panicles create a striking pink haze above the dark green, glossy foliage.

This perennial is attractive individually but really makes a big show when used in a mass planting. Pink muhly grass can reach a height of 4 feet and a width of 3 feet. Give it plenty of sunshine and transplant into soil that is well drained.

A North American native, pink muhly grass sounds too good to be true. Long-lived, with little to no insect or disease pests and highly resistant to deer grazing, this ornamental grass is perfect for the low-maintenance garden. Muhly grass tolerates heat, humidity, drought, poor soil and is highly salt tolerant.

Delicate pink flowers mature on long, narrow, wiry leaves in the fall. The grass produces tiny, purplish seeds.

Regions: Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Seasons of Interest:

     Bloom: Fall; Fruit/Seed/Nut: Fall/Winter

Wildlife Value: Highly deer resistant. Provides excellent cover year round. Seeds are eaten by songbirds and small mammals.


3-4 feet
Clump; fine textured basal foliage
Well drained soil does well in hot dry sandy sites; very drought tolerant
Airy inflorescence often colored pink, purplish red, purplish gray; drys to a light buff
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NCCES plant id: 640

Muhlenbergia capillaris Muhlenbergia capillaris in native setting
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Muhlenbergia capillaris Muhlenbergia capillaris plant
John E. Branch, Jr., CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Muhlenbergia capillaris Muhlenbergia capillaris foliage
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