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Mississippi Native: Muhly Grass

(Muhlenbergia capillaris)

Downloadable Brochure: MUHLY GRASS

Other Name/s: 

Hairwan Muhly, Hair Grass, Long-awn Hairgrass, Pink Muhly, and Gulf Muhly

Description:

This stiff, upright, ornamental plant has soft, pink or purple flowers resembling feathers. Stems clump together, and leaves are long, green, and needle-like. Brownish-black seeds appear after blooming occurs.

Season:

This perennial has flowers that bloom in the fall, covering the foliage.   

Size:

Single leaves are 18 to 36 inches long, and the plant itself grows to a height of 3 feet and reaches widths of 2 to 3 feet.  

Interesting Facts:

This plant tolerates both droughts and floods. The muhly grass is very popular in garden landscapes. It is highly desirable as a border because of its vibrant color.  

Planting Tips:

Plant from seeds or divide clumps. This plant does not tolerate full shade; full sun is needed. This grass spreads. Plants must be spaced 2 to 3 feet apart, growing best in moist soil.

Muhly grass can be planted year-round in Mississippi, but the brown leaves must be cut to the ground before the spring prior to new growth. Clumps can be burned to remove old leaves and promote new growth. Spring is the best time to divide the clumps of grass. This should be done no later than early summer.  

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