Muhlenbergia capillaris Pink Muhly Grass
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pink muhly grass and cultivars

This plant grows well in the following regions:

  • CVCentral Valley
  • DTDesert
  • NCNorth and Central Coast
  • SCSouth Coast
Map of regions (click to enlarge)
map of California regions


A warm-season grass from the southeastern United States. Airy pink flowering panicles and fine textured olive-green foliage. Foliage reaches to nearly 2 ft tall with flowers topping 3 ft. Flowers appear in September and remain pink for a month, aging to brown in winter

Cut back when first becoming dormant or leave as an attractive brown accent until early spring. Although it comes from more moist habitats it is surprisingly drought tolerant. Adapts to a range of soils and tolerates salinity.

‘Pink Flamingo’ is a hybrid of M. capillaris and M. lindheimeri. It has the strong vertical form of Lindheimer muhly and the pink flowers of Gulf muhly. A narrow, upright clump of thin blue-green leaves is topped in the fall with arching plumes of pink flowers. Ideal for narrow spaces and in mass plantings. Heat, cold, and drought tolerant. Resistant to deer.

Sun needs:

  • Full sun
  • Partial sun

Water needs:

  • Medium water
  • Low water
Water needs information from WUCOLS unless otherwise noted

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