Muhlenbergia Species, Florida Muhly Grass, Pink Hair Grass, Pink Muhly, Texas Muhly Grass

Muhlenbergia capillaris

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Muhlenbergia (mew-len-BERG-gee-uh) (Info)
Species: capillaris (kap-ill-AIR-iss) (Info)
Synonym:Muhlenbergia polypogon
Synonym:Muhlenbergia trichodes
Synonym:Stipa capillaris
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Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:


Magenta (pink-purple)

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Cullman, Alabama

Phoenix, Arizona

Jonesboro, Arkansas

Richmond, California

San Jose, California

Bartow, Florida

Hobe Sound, Florida

Homosassa, 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

Alamogordo, New Mexico

Levittown, New York

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

Dallas, Texas

Houston, Texas(2 reports)

Irving, Texas(2 reports)

New Braunfels, Texas

Nome, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Leesburg, Virginia

Newport News, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


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, whe... read more


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.


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.