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Pink Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris)

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About Pink Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris)

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.

Pink Muhly Grass Companion Plants

Pairing plants with Pink Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris) can create a visually striking landscape due to its distinct fluffy, pink to purple inflorescences that appear in late summer and last through fall. When considering companion plants, it’s beneficial to consider various aspects such as color contrast, texture variation, and blooming periods. Here are some plants that pair well with Pink Muhly Grass:

  • Lantana: Its clusters of bright flowers attract butterflies and can provide a brilliant color counterpoint to the soft, feathery blooms of pink muhly grass.
  • Salvias: With varieties that bloom in a spectrum of colors, salvias can offer either harmonious or contrasting flowering displays that simultaneously attract pollinators.
  • Fountain Grasses: While Pink Muhly Grass, renowned for its pink to purple airy plumes in the late summer and fall, can create an enchanting contrast against varieties of Fountain Grass with tan to copper plumes or even those with burgundy foliage, such as Purple Fountain Grass.

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.


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Scientific Name
Muhlenbergia capillaris
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Average Size
18-36" H x 30" W
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7 reviews for Pink Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris)

  1. Deb Jackson (verified owner)

    My shipment arrived a day late, but was pleasantly surprised it was still green, soil was still damp and looked great.

  2. Jody Free (verified owner)

    Good healthy plant. My shipment was delayed several days and we had 100 degree heat. When it arrived there was still moisture in the soil. I bought a larger plant size and the plant was definitely larger and looked great. Would buy from here again.

  3. Terry Schultz (verified owner)

    Good healthy plants

  4. Valerie (verified owner)

    A wonderful, big, healthy plant.

  5. Karen (verified owner)

    These plants arrived boxed amazingly well and in perfect shape. They are in the ground and doing well. Plants by mail does a fabulous job and this is about my 3rd order.

  6. Kathleen McGinnis (verified owner)

    The grasses arrived in very good condition, and got planted just in time as it’s been raining ever since.

  7. Elizabeth Eastin (verified owner)

    Nice size healthy plant that was well packed and arrived on time,

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