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Pink Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris)

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$18.98
  • Thing grass with soft pink plumes in the fall
  • Matures to 30" wide by 18-36" tall
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 6 - 10
  • Plant in full sun to part shade
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Description

Pink Muhly Grass is a standout ornamental grass, especially when other plants begin their retreat for the colder months. Sometimes known as Cotton Candy Grass or Purple Muhly, this grass is not only striking in appearance but also remarkably low maintenance. One of its standout features is the dense, airy clusters of pinkish-purple flowers that flourish from late summer to fall. When mature, this grass stands between 18-36" h x 30" w.

Beyond its breathtaking blooms, Pink Muhly grass offers glossy, slender green leaves that arch gracefully, presenting a distinct, delicate texture in gardens. This feature creates a wonderful contrast with other plants, making it a fantastic accent or even more impressive when planted in clusters.

For those seeking easy-care plants, Pink Muhly is an excellent choice. Once settled, it showcases exceptional drought resistance, often needing minimal to no additional watering. In late winter, trimming the foliage down to a couple of inches will prepare it for fresh spring growth.

Given its myriad of benefits and unmatched beauty, it's no wonder Muhly Grass has become a garden favorite. It's a must-have addition!

Pink Muhly Grass Care

Cotton Candy Grass remains hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 6 through 9. In these zones, the grass can withstand winter temperatures and return with vigor in the spring.

For the best flowering display and robust growth, plant pink Muhly grass in a location that receives full sun, which means at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. While it can tolerate some shade, reduced sunlight can lessen the intensity of its pink plumes.

How often should I water Pink Muhly grass?

Pink Muhly grass is known for its drought tolerance once established. Initially, after planting, it's important to water it regularly to ensure the roots establish well.

However, once settled, the grass prefers drier conditions. During prolonged periods of drought, occasional deep watering is beneficial, but excessive moisture can lead to root rot.

Where NOT to place Pink Muhly Grass

Insufficient sunlight can diminish the vibrancy of its pink plumes and result in elongated, sparse growth, making it crucial to steer clear of overly shady locations. Also, planting Pink Muhly grass in areas with poor drainage or where water accumulates can increase the risk of root rot, so it's best to avoid such spots.

Care & Use

Getting Started: Understanding Your New Plant

Review your plant's information on our website or the tag that comes with it. Be mindful of sunlight preferences, soil type, and spacing needs.

Our plants are adaptable but grow best in the correct USDA Zones. Click here to learn more about your USDA Zone.

Planting Instructions

Dig a Hole

First, dig a hole three times the width of the root ball of your plant. This makes it easier for the root system to spread out quickly. Dig the hole deep enough that your plant will sit level with or slightly above the ground around it.

Amend Your Soil

Mix your native soil with rich gardening soil to provide extra nutrients and support plant growth. If your soil is clay-heavy, we recommend mixing your native clay soil with equal parts of Pine Bark mulch to improve drainage and the overall breathability of your soil.

Place Your Plant

Examine the roots. If they appear tightly bound, gently coax them apart; this ensures they can spread into the new soil. Place your plant in the hole so the top of the rootball is even with the surrounding soil—Backfill around it with the amended soil mixture. The roots need access to oxygen for your plant to thrive, so do not cover the rootball; place soil around it.

Mulch Your Plants

Top the soil beneath your plant with 3-4 inches of mulch to help it retain moisture. Be careful not to cover the rootball - your new plants roots need access to oxygen.

Water Your Plant

Soak the plant with a hose afterward to hydrate the plant, as well as get the soil and mulch situated. Develop a regular watering schedule based on your plant's needs and local weather patterns. Remember, over watering is just as, if not more, harmful than under watering.

Spacing Recommendations

Pink Muhly Grass Spacing

Generally, it's recommended to space Pink Muhly Grass plants about 3 to 4 feet apart, depending on the size of the plant at maturity. This will allow the plants to have enough room to grow and spread out while still maintaining a dense and full appearance.

If you're planting Pink Muhly Grass as a hedge or screen, you may want to space the plants a bit closer together to create a solid wall of foliage.

  • Scientific Name
    Muhlenbergia capillaris
  • Hardiness Zone
    6, 7, 8, 9, 10
  • Sun Exposure
    Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Evergreen or Deciduous
    Semi-Evergreen
  • Features
    Attracts Birds / Butterflies, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Sun Loving
  • Feature Color
    Green, Pink
  • Uses
    Accent, Border, Container, Foundation Planting, Groundcover, Mass Planting, Mixed Garden Bed
  • Water Needs
    Medium
  • Bloom Season
    Fall, Summer

Growing Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10

Map of USDA Zones 6-10

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Pink Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris)

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Pink Muhly Grass is a standout ornamental grass, especially when other plants begin their retreat for the colder months. Sometimes known as Cotton Candy Grass or Purple Muhly, this grass is not only striking in appearance but also remarkably low maintenance. One of its standout features is the dense, airy clusters of pinkish-purple flowers that flourish from late summer to fall. When mature, this grass stands between 18-36" h x 30" w.

Beyond its breathtaking blooms, Pink Muhly grass offers glossy, slender green leaves that arch gracefully, presenting a distinct, delicate texture in gardens. This feature creates a wonderful contrast with other plants, making it a fantastic accent or even more impressive when planted in clusters.

For those seeking easy-care plants, Pink Muhly is an excellent choice. Once settled, it showcases exceptional drought resistance, often needing minimal to no additional watering. In late winter, trimming the foliage down to a couple of inches will prepare it for fresh spring growth.

Given its myriad of benefits and unmatched beauty, it's no wonder Muhly Grass has become a garden favorite. It's a must-have addition!

Pink Muhly Grass Care

Cotton Candy Grass remains hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 6 through 9. In these zones, the grass can withstand winter temperatures and return with vigor in the spring.

For the best flowering display and robust growth, plant pink Muhly grass in a location that receives full sun, which means at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. While it can tolerate some shade, reduced sunlight can lessen the intensity of its pink plumes.

How often should I water Pink Muhly grass?

Pink Muhly grass is known for its drought tolerance once established. Initially, after planting, it's important to water it regularly to ensure the roots establish well.

However, once settled, the grass prefers drier conditions. During prolonged periods of drought, occasional deep watering is beneficial, but excessive moisture can lead to root rot.

Where NOT to place Pink Muhly Grass

Insufficient sunlight can diminish the vibrancy of its pink plumes and result in elongated, sparse growth, making it crucial to steer clear of overly shady locations. Also, planting Pink Muhly grass in areas with poor drainage or where water accumulates can increase the risk of root rot, so it's best to avoid such spots.

Pot size

  • 2.5 Quart
  • 2.4 Gallon
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