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Muhlenbergia capillaris

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Hair-Awn Muhly

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Hair-awn muhly (Muhlenbergia capillaris) is a beautiful, showy native grass for both perennial border plantings and native meadow gardens. It forms a 30” sphere of wiry textured grass blades. From September to October, it bursts into pink frothy cotton candy-like blooms, making it one of the most ornamental native grasses. This showy clump-forming grass grows in full sun to filtered shade in a wide range of soils. Hair-awn muhly is an excellent meadow or perennial border plant when grown with little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), broomsedge bluestem (Andropogon virginicus), Georgia aster (Symphyotrichum georgianum), swamp sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius), Maryland golden-aster (Chrysopsis mariana), small-headed gayfeather (Liatris microcephala), and Bluebird smooth aster (Symphyotrichum laevevar. laeve ‘Bluebird’). Zones 5-9. 

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