Botanical Name: Muhlenbergia capillaris
Common Name: Muhly Grass, Pink Muhly Grass
Muhly grass is a gorgeous native ornamental grass that blooms delicate, fluffy pale pink plumes starting in late October. It quickly grows to 3-4′ tall x 3′ wide with an arching habit in your sun to part sun garden. The plumes add another 3-5′ in height. Thinking about adding a rain garden or have an area that stays moist but well drained? Well, Muhly will do great there, along with adapting perfectly to your regular garden situation. It’s drought tolerant after getting established, but does look better with regular water. The one situation it does need is well draining soil. Moist is fine as long as it’s well draining. Oh, and hungry birds like to eat the dried seed heads, so leave those on the plant after they’re finished flowering. This is a very low maintenance plant: In late January cut it back to about 6″ to 1′ from the ground. Give it an organic fertilizer such as Milorganite in mid-March and mid-October. And rake or pull the dead leaf stems out a few times during the course of the year to keep it clean looking. Then just sit back and enjoy the beauty of Muhly! It’s excellent as a foundation plant, middle of the border plant, medium-height hedge, focal point, and even container plant as long as the container is large.
Zones 7 -11