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Pink Muhly Grass - Cotton Candy Grass
Muhly Grass, commonly called cotton candy grass by some folks, is a very tough, exceptionally easy-to-grow, North American native grass immensely popular for the profuse, beautiful clouds of airy, pinkish-purple flowers it produces over a long period from late summer through mid-fall. Get all the details below!

Pink Muhly Grass - Cotton Candy Grass

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Pink Muhly Grass
Muhlenbergia capillaris

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 6a-10b:  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6a, where this Muhly Grass is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

Muhly Grass, commonly called cotton candy grass by some folks, is a very tough, exceptionally easy-to-grow, North American native grass immensely popular for the profuse, beautiful clouds of airy, pinkish-purple flowers it produces over a long period from late summer through fall. An absolutely showstopping source of late-season color when other flowering plants are winding down for the season.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in a clump 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide, Pink Muhly Grass is ideal for use as an accent in smaller garden spaces or in small to large groupings in home foundation plantings and landscape borders. Truly stunning in bloom in mass plantings on embankments, hillsides and slopes, where its roots act as a soil stabilizer for erosion control. Makes a nice centerpiece in combination container gardens and is a fine addition to seaside gardens, rock gardens, ornamental grass gardens and the Xeriscape (low water need). A lovely display for any sunny spot!

Spacing:  2.5' for hedges or mass plantings; 5'+ for space between plants






Cultural Preferences

Pink Muhly Grass is exceptionally easy to grow and maintain. It is exceptionally resistant to heat, humidity, sun, salt, and drought. Make sure to plant it in very well-drained soil. Add sand and or small gravel to the planting mix if necessary to ensure good drainage. It appreciates pampering the first year with adequate food and water to get its root system established. After this, it takes off on its own and is exceptionally drought-tolerant when established. Full sun is prefered for best flowering however the plant will tolerate and still flower with some light shade. we suggest at least 6 hours of direct sunlight for best flowering. If necessary, cut back foliage to ground in late winter before new growth begins to emerge in spring. It is also quite salt tolerant, making it an excellent choice for gardens near the sea.




Helpful Articles

Click on the link below to find helpful advice from our experts on how to plant, fertilize, prune and water Muhly Grass.





Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-10b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Ornamental Grass
Height at Maturity:  2-3'
Width at Maturity:  3'
Spacing:  2.5' for hedges or mass plantings; 5'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Arching, Clumping, Dense, Upright, Vase/Fountain Shape
Growth Rate:  Moderate to Fast
Flower Color:  Pink
Flower Type:  Plumes
Flowering Period:  Late Summer, Early Fall, Mid-Fall, Late Fall, Early Winter (in warmer climates)
Foliage Color:  Deep Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Attracts:  Visual Attention, Birds
Sun Needs:  Full to Mostly Sun
Water Needs:  Average, very low when established
Soil Type:  Amended Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt, prefers sandy soils
Soil Drainage:  Well Drained
Soil pH:  5.5 - 7.0
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Humidity, Insect, Salt



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