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Muhlenbergia capillaris

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Muhlenbergia (mew-len-BERG-gee-uh) (Info)
Species: capillaris (kap-ill-AIR-iss) (Info)

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Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Feb 7, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

An extraordinarily beautiful clump-forming grass in all seasons, but especially when its misty pink flowers float over it in early fall. It forms neat clumps of fine-textured foliage and does not spread. Here in Boston, MA (Z6a), it made it through its first (mild) winter for me, and died the next.

Though its native range reached Massachusetts, all the plants of this species currently in commerce seem to be a Gulf coast ecotype which is not reliably hardy much north of Z7b/8a. They may be a zone hardier where there's less winter rainfall, like Albuquerque or the southern great plains.

East coast gardeners in Z7a-Z5 should consider growing the hardier M. reverchonii instead.

A rare plant in the wild throughout the northern part of its range, where populations are dwindling. Wild populations depend on fire for their long-term survival. The last wild plant in New England vanished within the last couple of years.

I wish some enterprising plantsperson would collect seed from a hardy northern form and get them into cultivation before they're gone forever.

Positive outdoorlover On Apr 3, 2008, outdoorlover from Enid, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This little grass does very well in full sun and pretty well in part sun. (It gets bigger and fuller in full sun). It seems pretty hardy, as unfortunately we just discovered a deficiency of all necessary nutrients in our soil surrounding the one we have in part sun. Maybe that is why it is not as large as the one in full sun! I have also moved them a couple of times with no problems.

Positive Paulwhwest On Nov 1, 2006, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Very colorful, attractive, and robust plant. It looks the best by far when it is backlit by morning or evening sunlight so if possible, be sure to plant it in a position that will get that type of lighting.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cullman, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
Richmond, California
San Jose, California
Bartow, Florida
Hobe Sound, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Mc David, Florida
Nokomis, Florida
Orange Park, Florida
Palm Bay, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Sanford, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Ludington, Michigan
Poplarville, Mississippi
New York City, New York
Concord, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Enid, Oklahoma
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Conway, South Carolina
Johns Island, South Carolina
Okatie, South Carolina
Millington, Tennessee
Conroe, Texas
Crawford, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Irving, Texas (2 reports)
New Braunfels, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia
Newport News, Virginia

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