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Pink Muhly Grass

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Twice a monthFull sunDeer resistantSummer to fall
  • Striking Pink Plumes: Pink Muhly Grass is renowned for its spectacular pink flower plumes that appear in late summer to fall, creating a cloud-like effect.
  • Drought Tolerant: This grass is highly drought-tolerant once established, making it an excellent choice for low-water gardens.
  • Versatile Landscaping: Its fine texture and striking color make Pink Muhly Grass versatile for use in borders, mass plantings, and as an accent plant.


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Pink Muhly Grass, scientifically known as Muhlenbergia capillaris, is an ornamental grass admired for its stunning pink plumes that create a dramatic, airy effect in the landscape. This hardy grass is easy to grow and adds a touch of elegance to gardens with its fine-textured foliage and vibrant fall blooms. With minimal maintenance requirements, Pink Muhly Grass is a favorite for adding visual interest and texture to various garden settings.

Growth rate: Moderate growth rate, reaching a mature height of 3-4 feet and a width of 2-3 feet.

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Pruning: Cut back the grass to the ground in late winter to early spring before new growth begins to maintain its shape and vigor.

Fertilization: Pink Muhly Grass typically requires little to no fertilization. If desired, a light application of a balanced fertilizer in early spring can promote growth.

Winter Protection: Generally does not require special winter protection but mulching can help retain soil moisture and protect the root system.

To plant Pink Muhly Grass, choose a sunny location with well-drained soil. Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Place the plant in the hole, backfill with soil, and water thoroughly to settle the roots. Mulch around the base to conserve moisture and reduce weed growth.

Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, it is drought-tolerant and requires minimal watering. Pink Muhly Grass thrives in full sun, needing at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily to achieve its best color and form.

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Zones 6-10

Pink Muhly Grass thrives in USDA zones 6 through 10, performing well in regions with warm summers and mild winters. Its adaptability to a range of climates makes it a popular choice for various landscapes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pink Muhly grass is considered a relatively fast-growing ornamental grass. It can establish itself quickly, especially when provided with the right growing conditions. In the first few years after planting, it can spread and grow noticeably, forming attractive clumps. However, the rate of growth may slow down somewhat as the plant matures. With proper care and suitable environmental conditions, Pink Muhly grass can thrive and create a lovely visual display in your garden.

Yes, Pink Muhly grass is known to spread and form clumps over time. It typically has a spreading growth habit, and as it matures, it can gradually expand in width. This spreading characteristic makes it a popular choice for creating ornamental borders and ground cover in landscaping.

Pink Muhly grass typically grows to a height of about 2 to 3 feet. However, in ideal growing conditions, it can occasionally reach up to 4 feet in height. This grass is valued for its airy and feathery pink plumes that appear in late summer and fall, adding a striking visual element to gardens and landscapes.

If you don't cut back Pink Muhly grass, it will retain its dried, tan seed heads throughout the winter. While this can provide visual interest to your garden during the colder months, some gardeners prefer to trim it back in late winter or early spring to encourage fresh growth and maintain a tidy appearance for the upcoming growing season. Cutting it back also helps prevent the grass from becoming overly leggy or dense, promoting healthier growth in the long run.

When Pink Muhly grass is not blooming, it typically appears as a clump of slender, green grass-like foliage. The foliage is fine-textured and forms an attractive mound or tuft. It maintains its green color during the growing season and can provide a pleasing backdrop in garden landscapes. The most striking feature of Pink Muhly grass is its feathery, pink plumes that emerge in late summer and fall, adding a burst of color to its otherwise green appearance when in bloom.

Pink Muhly grass may flop over for several reasons:

Excessive Fertilization: Over-fertilizing can lead to excessive growth, causing the grass to become top-heavy and flop. Use a balanced, slow-release fertilizer according to recommended guidelines.

Heavy Rain or Wind: Heavy rain or strong wind can weigh down the feathery plumes of Pink Muhly grass, causing them to bend or flop. This is often temporary and the grass may recover.

Dense Growth: If the grass is too dense or crowded, it can lead to flopping as the inner stems have less access to sunlight and air circulation.

Insufficient Sunlight: Inadequate sunlight can result in weaker, leggy growth that is more prone to flopping. Ensure the grass receives adequate sunlight.

To prevent flopping, consider providing appropriate growing conditions, avoiding excessive fertilizer, and spacing the grass appropriately to allow for good air circulation. In some cases, staking or pruning can help maintain an upright appearance.

The best place to plant Pink Muhly grass is in a location that meets the following conditions:

Full Sun: Pink Muhly grass thrives in full sunlight and should be planted in an area that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight per day.

Well-Drained Soil: It prefers well-drained soil and doesn't tolerate waterlogged conditions. Ensure good soil drainage to prevent root rot.

Good Air Circulation: Plant it in a spot with adequate air circulation to help prevent disease and encourage healthy growth.

Slightly Acidic Soil: While adaptable to various soil types, slightly acidic to neutral soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.5 is suitable.

Spacing: Allow enough space between Pink Muhly grass plants to accommodate their mature size, typically around 2 to 3 feet apart.

Landscape Use: It's often used in borders, mass plantings, or as an ornamental focal point in garden landscapes.

Pink Muhly grass pairs well with various companion plants that complement its feathery pink plumes and fine-textured foliage. Here are some good companion plants:

Lavender: Lavender's fragrant blooms and gray-green foliage create a lovely contrast.

Russian Sage: Its tall spikes of lavender-blue flowers complement the airy look of Pink Muhly grass.

Sedum: Low-growing sedums add texture and color variation to the landscape.

Black-Eyed Susan: The bright yellow or orange blooms of black-eyed susans provide a vibrant contrast.

Ornamental Grasses: Other ornamental grasses can create a harmonious grassy landscape.

Autumn Joy Sedum: This succulent features pink flowers that pair well with Pink Muhly.

Salvia: Salvias come in various colors and can add vertical interest.

When selecting companion plants, consider factors like color coordination, height, and growing conditions to create a visually appealing and harmonious garden design.

The best time to plant Pink Muhly grass is in the spring or early fall. These seasons provide favorable conditions for the grass to establish its roots and grow. Planting in the spring allows the grass to take advantage of the warm weather and grow vigorously during the growing season. Fall planting allows the roots to establish before winter dormancy. Avoid planting in the hot summer months or during the peak of winter cold to give the grass the best chance of success.

Pink Muhly grass may turn brown for several reasons:

Seasonal Change: It's normal for Pink Muhly grass to turn brown in late fall or winter as it goes dormant. This is a natural part of its growth cycle.

Watering Issues: Over-watering or waterlogged soil can cause the roots to rot and the grass to turn brown. Ensure the soil has good drainage.

Drought Stress: Extended periods of drought can also cause the grass to turn brown. Adequate watering during dry spells is important.

Pests or Diseases: Infestations or diseases can affect the health of the grass and lead to browning. Inspect the plant for any signs of problems.

Pruning Time: Pruning the grass at the wrong time, such as in early spring, can remove new growth and result in browning. Prune in late winter or early spring before new growth begins.

Understanding the specific cause and addressing it accordingly can help maintain the health and appearance of your Pink Muhly grass.

Our Process

We have perfected packaging and shipping plants & trees! That is why we DO NOT use any third-party fulfillment like most other online retailers. Your trees go straight from our farm to your door, safely packaged by our team of seasoned professionals. Our process ensures your plants leave our facility and arrive to your door in the best condition possible!