Muhlenbergia 'White Cloud'
Photo by Flickr user Toby Gray

white awn muhly

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 medium-sized clumping grass with narrow blue-green foliage. Grows 2-3 ft tall. In the fall flower stems rise another foot.

In fall, the flower stems rise another foot or more above the foliage holding an airy mass of delicate ivory-white flowers. The flowers can last through winter depending on the climate.

It is a little larger and stiffer with a more upright habit than the familiar pink muhly (Muhlenbergia capillaris) and it also blooms a little later.

Sun needs:

  • Full sun
  • Partial sun

Water needs:

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