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Mule Grass Muhlenbergia capillaris

Phonetic Spelling
mew-len-BERG-ee-ah kap-il-LAIR-iss
Description

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.

 

 

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Lenca'
Tags:
#fall color#birds#resistant#wildlife plant#salt tolerant#cover plant#low maintenance#fall interest#show stopper#ornamental grass#mass planting#coastal#mammals#ncemgva2018#food source#highly beneficial coastal plants#cpp#NC native#deer resistant#winter intrest#native ornamental grass#maze#food source fall#food source winter
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Lenca'
Tags:
#fall color#birds#resistant#wildlife plant#salt tolerant#cover plant#low maintenance#fall interest#show stopper#ornamental grass#mass planting#coastal#mammals#ncemgva2018#food source#highly beneficial coastal plants#cpp#NC native#deer resistant#winter intrest#native ornamental grass#maze#food source fall#food source winter
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Muhlenbergia
    Species:
    capillaris
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    USA
    Distribution:
    Massachusetts to Kansas south to Florida and Texas
    Wildlife Value:
    Provides excellent cover year-round. Seeds are eaten by songbirds and small mammals.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Wildlife Cover/Habitat
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    deer resistant
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 6 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Ornamental Grass
    Perennial
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Very Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Pink
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Description:
    Seed is in the form of a grain.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Flower Size:
    > 6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Airy inflorescence often colored pink, purplish red, purplish gray; drys to a light buff; up to 12 inches long
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Fine-textured basal foliage
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Naturalized Area
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Native Garden
    Design Feature:
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Deer
    Pollution
    Poor Soil
    Salt