General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 36 - 48 inches
Plant Spread: 36 - 48 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Semi-evergreen
Fruit: Edible to birds
Other: 1/4 to 1/2 inch oval, dry brown seeds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Pinkish-red
Bloom Size: 4"-5"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Pollution
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Common names
  • Pink Muhly Grass
  • Florida Muhly Grass
  • Pink Muhly
  • Texas Muhly Grass
  • Pink Hair Grass
  • Gulf Muhly
  • Hair Grass
  • Gulf Muhly Grass

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Location: My garden in northeast Texas
Date: 2009  Fall
Location: My garden in northeast Texas
Date: Summer 2010
Location: Eagle, Pennsylvania
Date: 2019-10-23
blooming in a low maintenance office park landscape
Location: Eagle, Pennsylvania
Date: 2018-10-03
blooming at the edge of a parking lot of an office landscape
Location: Eagle, Pennsylvania
Date: 2018-10-03
close-up of bloom in an office park landscape
Location: Austin, Texas
Date: 2022-04-05
Location: Ft Worth Botanic, Tx
Date: 2017-11-18
Location: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, Texas
Date: 2022-10-14
The pinkish color glows in the fall light
Location: Mckee Botanical Gardens, Vero Beach, Florida
Date: 2016-11-06
Location: Wadsworth, Ohio
Date: 2020-10-27
Location: Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center, Overton, TX
Date: 2014-06-26
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Location: Riverbanks Botanical Garden - Columbia, SC
Date: 2016-10-21
Location: My garden in northeast Texas
Date: 2009  Fall
Location: unknown
courtesy Sunlight Gardens, www.sunlightgardens.com
Location: Chapin, SC
Date: 2016-09-27
Location: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Date: April 6 2022
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-04
Location: Martin County Florida
Date: December
Location: National Botanical Garden (DC) | November 2022
Date: 2022-11-26
Location: Surprise , Az
Date: 2022-11-17
Flower/seed
Location: Surprise,  AZ
Date: 2022-11-17

Date: 2016-08-21
Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa Gardens. Used with permission.

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
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Location: Our Driveway, Hot Springs Village, AR
Date: 2007-10-19
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-04
Location: central Illinois
Date: 4-4-19
Location: Ft Worth Botanic, Tx
Date: 2017-11-18
Location: JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, NC
Date: October, 2008
Location: AZ
Date: 6-13-2016
This is how the grass looks off season before trimming.
Location: At home in Aiken, SC 
Date: 2016-10-30
I love the firecracker quality of the seed heads!  Very pretty gr

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
Location: Riverbanks Botanical Garden - Columbia, SC
Date: 2016-10-21
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2013-01-21
Location: At a public garden
Date: 2009-11-04
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2014-10-01
Location: western Oregon
Date: 2016-01-01
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Comments:
  • Posted by Avedon (NE Tex - Zone 8a) on Aug 22, 2012 2:35 PM concerning plant:
    An excellent plant for us--it does some reseeding here, but we do not consider it invasive. Tough as nails, requires little water, and there are no pests or diseases.
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Aug 17, 2023 4:11 PM concerning plant:
    This lovely warm-season, clump grass is native to Massachusetts down into Florida to east Texas up to Kansas & Missouri, and also in Mexico and Guatemala. Its genus name was named after Gotthilf Muhlenberg who was a botanist living in the late 18th century and early 19th century who composed the botanical book of 'Index Flora Lancasteriensis' in 1785. (There are a number of plants with the species name called after him of 'muhlenbergii.') This grass has very thin blades, looking sort of hair-like, which is what 'capillaris' refers to. The pink cloud of grassy blooms is also fine-textured, giving it a wispy appearance. The seeds when mature are purplish, before turning brown when the bloom all goes brown in autumn. It is an easy perennial for well-drained soils and is great for low maintenance or naturalistic landscapes. It can be divided every 3 years or so if desired. It is also called Pink Hairgrass, Hair-Awn Muhly, and Pink Muhly.
  • Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on Sep 17, 2011 7:15 PM concerning plant:
    Beware: At least where I grew it, in zone 10, it reseeded EVERYWHERE! When the seeds ripen, they blow in the breeze and can make a mess of themselves sticking in corners and along any rough surfaces and screens. Although this plant is beautiful and excellent for drought situations, I would never plant it again.
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