Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Pink Muhly, Pink Hair Grass

Pink Muhly, Pink Hair Grass

Muhlenbergia capillaris

Full sun to light shade; medium moisture level; best grown in sandy, sandy loam, or rocky soil; acidic to neutral pH.  2–3 feet height, blooms in fall, pink to pinkish red flowers, will naturalize by re-seeding.

Germination Code:  C(90).  Easy to start from seed.

Native Region:  Limited to 12 counties in total, scattered across all provinces.

Tough, easy-to-grow warm-season grass.  Showy, conspicuous flowers. Large, airy, much-branched seed heads up to half as long as the entire plant.  Spikelets are purple, and in fall the plant has a feathery, deep pink hue.  Fast growing.  Needs regular watering during the first growing season and then is fairly drought tolerant.


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