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Muhlenbergia capillaris

Native Plants

Hair-Awn Muhly

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Summary

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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  • Plant Type
    perennial-grass 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    full-sun-to-filtered-shade 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    dry-to-moist 
  • Flowering Period
    early-to-late-fall
  • Soil PH
    adaptable 
  • Flower Color
    pink, purple 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green, tan 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    tan