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White Cloud Muhly Grass
The tall, slender green leaves of White Cloud Muhly Grass reach 2 1/2 feet tall and 4 feet wide, an attractive sight in spring and summer but really showing off its glittering, airy plumes of silvery-white, as puffy as cloud. More details below!

White Cloud Muhly Grass

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White Cloud Muhly Grass
Muhlenbergia Capillaris 'White Cloud'

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 reliably 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

If you have admired Pink Muhly Grass, you will really love its goes-with-anything white cousin. The tall, slender green leaves of White Cloud Muhly Grass are an attractive sight in spring and summer but this grass really shows off  in late summer into fall and winter when its glittering, airy plumes of silvery-white, appear as puffy clouds above the foliage. The cloud-like texture of these blooms adds terrific softness to the garden, and as they mature to tan in winter, birds perch to feast upon their ripening seeds. This native grass couldn't be easier to grow and the flowers are great in fresh or dried cut flower arrangements! 

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in a clump 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide, White Cloud 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 mass plantings; 6' or more for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Like it's pink cousin, White Cloud 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 get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant, fertilize, prune and water Muhly Grass.

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-11  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Ornamental Grass
Height at Maturity:  2-3'
Width at Maturity:  3'
Spacing:  2.5' apart for mass plantings; 6' or more apart for space between
Growth Habit / Form:  Arching, Clumping
Growth Rate:  Moderate to Fast
Flower Color:  White
Flower Type:  Plumes
Flowering Period:  Late Summer, Early Fall, Mid-Fall, Late Fall, Winter
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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