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Muhlenbergia capillaris

  • Common Name
    Pink Muhly Grass, Pink Hair Grass, Purple Muhly
  • CA Native
  • Plant Type
    Grass or grass-like plant
  • Size
    4' x 3'
  • Flower Color
  • Bloom Time
    • Fall
  • Leaves
    Rich Green and Glossy
  • Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Rarely Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Seed and Fruit for Birds
  • Growth Rate
  • Hardiness
  • Adverse Growth Factors
  • 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