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Muhlenbergia capillaris (Hair-awn muhly)
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Muhlenbergia capillaris

Hair-awn muhly or pink hairgrass

This native's tidy clumps of very fine blue foliage provide color and texture to the garden, but in late summer or fall they explode into bloom with clouds of airy pink flowers that last for many weeks. Stunningly beautiful, even in heat, humidity or drought!

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2-3 Feet


2-3 Feet

Bloom Color

Mauve Pink

USDA Hardiness Zone 6-11

Hair-awn muhly Interesting Notes

Hair-awn muhly is a beautiful, showy native grass for both perennial border plantings and native meadow gardens. It forms a 30" sphere of wiry textured grass blades. From September to October, it bursts into pink frothy cotton candy-like blooms, making it perhaps the most ornamental native grass. This showy clump-forming grass grows in full sun to filtered shade in a wide range of soils. Hair-awn muhly is an excellent meadow or perennial border plant when grown with Schizachyrium scopariumAndropogon virginicusSymphyotrichum georgianumHelianthus angustifoliusChrysopsis marianaLiatris microcephala, and Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve 'Bluebird'. - Mt. Cuba Center

Muhlenbergia capillaris Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow in full sun average to dry soil with very good drainage. Drought tolerant. Does not tolerate winter wetness.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Growth Rate
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Propagation Type
Open pollinated
Native to North America
Dry Sun
Grass Type: Warm Season
Mass Planting