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Pink Muhly Grass

Muhlenbergia capillaris 'Pink'

Pink Muhly Grass is a showstopping and carefree landscaping plant. With its blue-green foliage in the spring and pink-purple flowers in the fall, this perennial dazzles like a fluffy pink cloud at sunset. Pink Muhly grass maintains its shape throughout winter, adding year-round interest to your landscape.

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Pink Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris), also known as Hairawn Muhly, is the perfect ornamental grass for any season. With cloud-like pink plumes, it’s sure to brighten up your landscape well into the fall season. Native to much of the Southeastern United States, extending deep into Texas and Kansas, and thriving as far north as Massachusetts, it’s an ideal choice for low-water landscapes.

Pink Muhly Grass is a relatively carefree landscape plant. At planting and on high heat days, it appreciates supplemental watering. Aside from that, no supplemental nutrition or hydration is needed once established. The feathery and cloud-like blooms of the Hairawn Muhly grow during the fall season. With pink or purplish-red blooms maturing from the bottom up, the seed stalks range from two to five feet tall.

Being such a hearty and gorgeous grass, this landscape savior will thrive where nothing else seems to grow - tolerant of heat and well adaptive to all soil types, as long as it receives proper drainage. This long-blooming perennial continues to look wonderful in the winter and maintains its shape while dormant.


Hardiness Zone: 7-10
Mature Height: 2 to 3 Feet
Mature Width: 2 to 3 Feet
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
Water Requirements: Drought tolerant after established, water thoroughly in extreme heat
Selling Points: Can grow under black walnut, winter interest, deer resistant, non-invasive
Difficulty: Moderate (easy once established)
Growzone: 7-10 Pink Muhly Grass Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Pink Muhly Grass

Before you buy a Pink Muhly Grass, make sure to read about the care instructions that are required and recommended to keep this plant healthy and thriving.

What is the best light for Pink Muhly Grass?

What is the best light for Pink Muhly Grass?

When planting your Pink Muhly Grass, be sure to choose the best location for the plant to thrive. It grows and flowers best in full sun, but it also tolerates part shade, especially in zones 8 and 9.

How do I prune my Pink Muhly Grass?

How do I prune my Pink Muhly Grass?

The Muhlenbergia capillaris 'Pink' maintains shape even while dormant so it still looks great in the winter. To cut back Pink Muhly grass, only prune if too tall or floppy. If you do cut back, ensure it is prior to August so flowering is not impeded. Take care to cut back in the late winter before spring growth emerges.

How do I water Hairawn Muhly?

How do I water Hairawn Muhly?

Pink Muhly Grass has adaptations that make it a great choice for low-water landscapes. However, it needs proper drainage to sustain wet winters. In containers, Pink Muhly Grass takes average moisture but should not stay wet. Over watering, especially during dormancy, can be problematic. Water twice weekly for the first two to three months following planting. After established, this ornamental grass is extremely drought tolerant and rarely needs additional water. The exception is in extreme heat, especially in the first summer.

How do I plant Muhlenbergia capillaris 'Pink'?

How do I plant Muhlenbergia capillaris 'Pink'?

Pink Muhly Grass is often found in rocky soil and can thrive in hot and dry conditions. As a non-invasive perennial sedge-like plant that grows up to 3 feet tall by 3 feet wide, you will want to space appropriately according to your desired finished look. It does best in mildly acidic soil with a pH range of 5.5 to 6.8 organic soil. Many gardeners opt to purchase Pink Muhly grass in September when they are displaying their brilliant pink seasonal color. However, it is better to plant this grass in the spring since they do not always overwinter well, especially when they are first being established.


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