Forms neat clumps of narrow foliage in spring and summer, then in late summer it becomes one of the most stunning plants around! Airy plumes of cotton-candy pink float above the foliage, and they hold their color until fall is over. Extremely easy, thriving despite heat, humidity, drought, even poor soil! Grows 3' tall and 2 1/2' wide. Zones 6-9. Ships in a 3" pot. Muhlenbergia capillaris. Full sun. Deer tend to avoid.
Botanical Name: Muhlenbergia capillaris
Common Name: Pink Muhly Grass, Cotton Candy Pink Grass
Form: Herbaceous perennial
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Height/Habit: 18 - 36" (36" when in bloom)
Spread: 2 1/2'
Spacing: 18 - 24"
Hardiness Zone: 6 - 9
Flowering Date: Late summer to mid fall.
Shipping Season: Spring
Unique Characterstics: In late summer, this tough grass sends up light airy pink plumes. One of the most showy grasses for the landscape, it definitely adds amazing texture and color to the late summer landscape. Because of its tough nature, it can be planted just about anywhere. It tolerates heat, humidity, drought and wet conditions.
Flower Color: Purplish-Red to Pink
Flower Form: Purplish-red inflorescence, diffuse silky panicle 18" high.
Foliage: tidy clumps, fine blue-green foliage
Foliage Type: Tidy clumps, fine blue-green foliage.
Resistance: Good to all P & D problems
Pruning: In late winter to early spring, cut back old foliage down to a few inches above the base of the plant for a neater appearance the rest of the season.
Pruning Time: Late winter to early spring.
Soil Requirement: Well-drained, average garden soil.
Additional Information: Nice addition to a late season bouquet of chrysanthemums, asters or alstroemeria.
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This plant grew really well for me and became very large, However, I never saw the pink color I wanted. Hope this year will be better.
Beautiful! I just love this grass plant!
In the fall I can't take my eyes off of them. At different times of the day they take on such a glow, so be sure to look at all different times of day. I did cut some of my pink feathers and they are still a beautiful purplish color display on my table, and it is Christmas .
Planted two in full sun, get questions and comments every fall when in bloom. Awesome when backlit with night lights!
"I planted three of these in the Fall and they are growing like crazy! I can't wait to see if they really do turn pink later on. Be careful though, my husband thought they were tall grass and was going to cut them down, NOOO!"
"This is an attractive grass, but I have found that it doesn't bloom in Seattle. This after growing two big, healthy plants for 4 years - no blooms."
"I ordered this grass last year, (along with some other goodies) It grew at a nice rate, beautiful color, nice addition to the winter landscape...."