Essential Southern Perennial
Pink Muhly Grass
Muhlenbergia capillaris, more commonly known as Pink Muhly Grass, is native to the eastern United States and is hardy in USDA Zones 6 to 9. It is one of the most reliable perennials for central Alabama, and a show-stopper in the late summer and fall gardens. Spectacular, cloud-like drifts of 12 inch plumes emerge in August and persist into November. Railroad Park, in downtown Birmingham, has a massive planting of pink muhly grass that many of you may have seen.
We currently have two hybrids in stock. 'Pink Cloud' sports the vibrant pinkish-purple plumes this plant is famous for. 'White Cloud' offers an interesting alternative with soft and fluffy, cream-colored plumes.
Muhly grass thrives in partial to full sun (4 hours of direct sun, or more, each day). Well-drained soil is required. Muhly grass is very tolerant of heat and drought, but will grow faster if given regular water. Forms a clump 2 to 3 feet tall and wide when mature. Cut foliage to the ground in late winter to maintain a neat appearance. Divide every few years in early spring if needed or desired.
This native grass has few if any insect or disease problems, making it a low-maintenance addition to the landscape. For fullest effect, muhly grass should be planted in groups. It is rarely grazed by deer, and the seeds are enjoyed by birds in winter.
Mature drifts of muhly grass in full fall glory, pictured below.