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Pink Muhly Grass

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Muhlenbergia capillaris


Uses: Perennial ornamental grass

Benefits: Easy to grow. Provides gorgeous late-season pink flower plumes. Medium-fast growth rate. Deer resistant. 

Zones: 6 - 10 (dig out and overwinter indoors in zones 5 and below)

Sun: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Life Cycle: Perennial

Mature Height: 36"

Mature Width: 36"

Bloom Season: Late summer throughout fall 


Muhlenbergia capillaris—commonly called Pink Muhly Grass—is one of the most popular and best late-season flowering ornamental perennial grasses available! 

Ideal for a variety of areas and soil conditions. It's drought-tolerant, deer-resistant, heat resistant, and is even known to grow in salty environments! Perfect for wet areas, coastal areas, and beach houses! 

Although the billowy, pink floral plumes from late summer throughout fall are the true highlight of this grass, its beautiful green foliage keeps it looking great when not in bloom. 

Pink Muhly Grass is known to be especially easy to grow and hardy! Additionally, it's compact which means it's much less likely to invasively spread like many other ornamental grasses. 

Great for fresh cut floral arrangements and for use as a dried and preserved flower! 


Pink Muhly Grass Care

Muhlenbergia capillaris is extremely low maintaitence and easy to care for!

Fertilizations will accelerate growth and keep your plant well fed. We suggest using our slow release fertilizer, or something similiar.

Pink Muhly Grass may be grown in partial sun, although full sun is considered to be much better. 

Water regularly after planting until established, or in periods of drought. Although this plant is considered drought tolerant, its ideal soil is moist, rich, and well draining. 

It may be cut back it it becomes too large, floppy, or falls over. If growing as a perennial in areas that receive frost, it's suggested to cut back this grass in late fall. Leave at least 2" of foliage when cutting back. Additionally, if growing in zone 6, we suggest covering the cut back plant and its root area with 2" of mulch to help protect it against winter cold. Remove mulch in spring. 

May be dug out and overwintered in colder zones (5 and below). 

If growing as a perennial, we suggest propagating your Pink Muhly Grass through division. This is best done in spring, and is accomplished by simply cutting the base of the plant and its roots into sections, and replanting those sections. Failure to divide and transplant every few years may result in situations of root bounding. 


Size of Pink Muhly Grass for Sale

We ship our Muhlenbergia capillaris in a 4" grow pot. The plant will be appropriately sized for its pot. 

Size of Pink Muhly Grass When Fully Grown

Muhlenbergia capillaris typically grows to a fully mature height of 36" and a width of 36". 

Additional Information

Common Names of Muhlenbergia capillaris

  • Pink Muhly Grass

  • Cotton Candy Grass

  • Gulf Muhly

Toxicity and Risks of Pink Muhly Grass

All of the information we found suggested that there is no toxicity associated with Muhlenbergia capillaris.