Marin Master Gardeners
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Plant Guide




 Latin Name Muhlenbergia capillaris
 Common Name Pink Muhly Grass, Pink Hair Grass, Purple Muhly
 CA Native Non-native
 Plant Type Grass or grass-like plant
 Size 4' x 3'
 Flower Color Pink
 Bloom Time Fall
 Leaves Rich Green and Glossy
 Evergreen Evergreen
 Deer Resistant Rarely Damaged
 Wildlife Value Seed and Fruit for Birds
 Growth Rate Moderate
 Hardiness Semi-hardy
 Adverse Growth Factors None
 Special Features Fall Color, Showy Flowers
 Water Use Drought Tolerant
 Soil pH 6.5-7.5 (neutral)
 Exposure Full Sun
 Soil Type Not Particular
 Drainage Well Drained
 Description and Cultural Plant Tips  

 

This fine, delicately airy grass springs up in its full beauty as summer is winding down.  This most ornamental of the muhly glasses, pink muhly produces a neat mound of green glossy foliage topped by masses of pink airy plumes that look as if airbrushed on.  Clump-forming to 4' high and 3' wide, with a lovely cascading, fountainous habit, this grass needs sunshine and good soil drainage but will grow in a variety of habitats and soil types, from rocky, clay soils or sandy.  It is extremely drought tolerant and can flourish in heat.  It is long-lived and impervious to pests and disease.

 Master Gardener Comments This gorgeous plant is low maintenance although it is best if cut back to about 2" in early spring.  In a month or so, new leaves appear.  Beautiful in masses, it will create a beautiful cloud of rosy color.  It's great for a little hedge ribbon of color.  Birds love it.  Propagate by seed, or by division in spring.  Look for a bank of it in front of the MMWD in Corte Madera.

 Varietals 'Lenca' - deep pink flowers

'White cloud' - a white form with whitish-tan blooms

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