Pink Muhly Grass, Muhlenbergia capillaris

Pink Muhly Grass

Muhlenbergia capillaris

Sun Shade:
Bloom Time: Fall
Zones: 5
Soil Conditions: Clay, Loam, Sand, Rocky
Soil Moisture: Medium, Dry
Color: PINK
Fragrance: No
Height: 2 to 3 feet
Spacing: 2 to 3 feet


Pink Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris) is one of the most exciting members of the grass world. It is sought after for several reasons: spectacular pink plume color, drought tolerance and undemanding nature. Pink Muhly Grass grows in a mound with erect, blue-green foliage until September when spectacular, billowing pink seed heads form a cotton-candy crown. When planted in masses, the dramatic effect can take your breath away. It is native to prairies, pine barrens, and open woodlands. It most frequently occurs in acidic soils in open woods, glades or openings along roads. Glossy, wiry, thread-like, dark green leaves and stems form an attractive basal clump to 2 feet tall. It is the fall flowering, however, that most distinguishes this grass. Masses of airy, open, loosely branched inflorescences (each to 12 inches long) in pink to pinkish-red float above the foliage in a lengthy fall bloom. Tan seed plumes remain attractive in winter. Plants typically grow to 3 feet tall x 3 feet wide when in flower.

Best grown in sandy or rocky, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to light shade. Best in full sun. Tolerant of heat, humidity and drought, but generally grows taller with consistent moisture.

Plant Notes and Herbal Uses
  Best grouped or massed for late season color.
  It’s excellent on steep banks. It should be cut back in early spring, but cut well above the crown.
  If planting in fall, plant at least a month before first frost.
  Tolerates poor soils.
  Does not spread by rhizomes.
  May be grown from seed.
  Propagate by seed or division in spring.
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