Muhlenbergia capillaris Description
Few perennials offer the giant clouds of color that come from pink Muhly grass. In mid summer, this ornamental grass produces large clouds of pink flowers that last over 12 weeks in your garden!
This deer proof & drought tolerant native grass has fine, blue-green leaves with an upright habit. Muhlenbergia thrives in sand or clay soils & blooms best in full sun.
This is the perfect companion for KnockOut roses, fragrant buddleia, daylilies, & other sun perennials.
Special features: Blooms first year, Color change, Deer resistant, Disease resistant, Drought tolerant, Easy care, Fast growing, Fall color, Heat tolerant, Long blooming, Multi-seasonal interest, Season extender
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- Common name:
Pink Muhly grass
- Sun exposure:
Sun, Part shade
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Normal, Sandy, Clay
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- Height x width:
36" X 36"
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- Bloom season:
Accent, Border, Container gardening, Cottage gardening, Foundation planting, Massing, Specimen
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Soil: Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil. Tolerant of a wide range of soils from well-drained sandy soils to the heavy clay.
Light: Best in full sun. Less vigorous with decreased flowering, and tendency to flop in too much shade. Tolerant of summer heat and humidity.
Water: Dry to medium -- Tolerant of heat, humidity and drought, but generally grows taller with consistent moisture. Does not tolerate winter wetness.
Spacing: 2 - 3 ft.
Fertilizing: Small amounts of fertilizer are needed for ornamental grasses. Too much fertilizer will increase the nitrogen level, and that can lead to lodging or flopping over. The best time for applying fertilizer is in the spring, just as growth is resuming. About one -quarter cup, per item, of a 10-10-10 slow release fertilizer is enough to take care of the plant needs throughout the entire summer. For best results, make sure you thoroughly water in the fertilizer.
Winterizing: Foliage should be left standing throughout the winter for visual interest, and to provide protection for the crowns.
Maintenance & pruning: Cut foliage to a 6 to 12-inch-tall mound of stubble in late winter before new shoots appear. Older clumps tend to die in the center, leading to an unattractive shape and appearance. Frequency of division depends on species, soil fertility and exposure, but dividing every third year is a safe rule of thumb for most species. This should be done in late fall, or early spring when the plant is dormant.
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