Landscape Jeopardy: 'And the answer is . . . Muhly Grass!

This time of year I repeatedly get asked “What IS that beautiful pink grass?” Well, the answer is Muhly Grass! You may have seen it in drifts along Bryan Boulevard in Greensboro, or in foundation or subdivision entrance plantings! This versatile and beautiful perennial is used frequently in our southern landscapes and for good reason!

Pink Muhly Grass, Muhlenbergia capillaris, is a must have for the low maintenance garden and is a fantastic source of late-season color. When summer is winding down and all the blooms from summers annuals and perennials are fading, pink Muhly Grass with its giant puffs of cotton candy pink like plumes is beginning its beautiful show!

This ornamental grass makes a great hedge, border, or in patio containers with color from spring to summer, but when it bursts free with its gorgeous pink plumes. It reaches 3 feet high and 3 feet wide, with a nicely cascading habit of foliage and unbelievably profuse blooms. Give it plenty of sunshine and good soil drainage, and it will do the rest, beautifully withstanding heat, humidity, drought, and poor soil! It does well in hot dry sandy sites and is very drought tolerant.  

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About the Author:

Lori Hawkins, RLA, ASLA has been a registered landscape architect and active in the landscape design/build industry for over 25 years. For additional inspiring project pictures, design ideas, or great garden gifts, take a look at these websites: