Site Search
Customer Login

Muhlenbergia capillaris, 2012 Freeman Medal winner

The Garden Club of America Horticulture Committee is proud to announce that The 2012 GCA Plant of the Year Montine McDaniel Freeman Medal will be awarded to Muhlenbergia capillaris.

Brian Holley, Director of the Naples Botanical Garden, Florida, nominated “Muhly grass” or “Pink muhly”, Brett Adams, Curator of Collections submitted the application for the Naples Botanical Garden.  This is a first nomination for the newly recreated botanical garden. The medal will be awarded at the Garden Club of America’s Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia, in April 2012.

The GCA Plant of the Year Medal is the only award given by the Garden Club of America to a plant.  Beginning in 1995, the award has been given to a choice native plant which is under-utilized but which possess superior ornamental and ecological attributes. The goal of the award is to encourage distribution of these plants furthering their use in the landscape.  The Medal honors Montine McDaniel Freeman, a member of the New Orleans Town Gardeners and was given in her memory by her son and daughter-in-law, Louis and Judy Freeman.

Muhlenbergia capillaris, a member of the horticultural Poacea family, is named to honor an American amateur botanist, Gotthanick Muhlenberg.   Among the many Muhlenberg grasses, this plant stands out by exhibiting exceptional fall color with dark to bright pink flowers followed by tan to gold seed hairs. It provides year round interest with fine foliage and may be used to help stabilize canals and drainage ponds. Muhly grass adds interest to border gardens and blends well in native grass plantings.  It is native to sandy alkaline dunes from Massachusetts to Florida and throughout the Gulf Coast. It grows best in an organic soil with a pH in the range of 5.5 to 6.8.  A plant for a full sun location, Muhly grass can tolerate some shade. It is disease resistant and easily maintained with an annual pruning.  Presently it is not widely cultivated in the north and should find more uses in USDA Zones 6 and 5.

North Creek is proud to offer Muhlenbergia capillaris in 50 cell liners, learn more about this plant here.