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Muhlenbergia capillaris (hair-awn muhly, pink hairgrass)
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Muhlenbergia capillaris

hair-awn muhly, 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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Height

2-3 Feet

Spread

2-3 Feet

Spacing

18-24 Inches

Bloom Color

Pink

USDA Hardiness Zone 6-11

hair-awn muhly, pink hairgrass 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.

Good Substitutions

ruby muhly, seep muhly Muhlenbergia reverchonii

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Songbird-friendly
Songbird-friendly
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Salt Tolerance
Salt Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Average
Dry
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Fall
Green Infrastructure
Erosion Control
Attributes
Native to North America
Ornamental Foliage
Propagation Type
Open pollinated
Grass Type
Warm Season