Muhlenbergia capillaris, Muhly Grass
Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
The thin blades of this spectacular species* droop at the tips to form a fine textured skirt for the airy, rosy-red plumes displayed in a spherical crown. The genus name of this plant honors Henry Muhlenberg whose study of plants earned him distinction as America’s first outstanding botanist.
Print Version: Muhlenbergia capillaris, Pink Muhly Grass
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Tags: Pennisetum setaceum – Fountain Grass, It is native to DC and to Montgomery County, MD. It is historical in the Piedmont of DE and extirpated in PA. In VA, it is rare in the Coastal Plain, infrequent in the mountains and infrequent to locally common in the Piedmont, where it is native to NoVA in Hardiness: USDA Zones 5-9 Fairfax County., Attracts beneficial insects like lady beetles; provides cover for birds and perching places for butterflies, Multi-season interest, Tough and very adaptable, No serious pests or diseases; deer rarely damage, Tolerates poor soil, drought, flooding, heat,
humidity, air pollution, salt and Black Walnut, Tan seed plumes persist in winter, Airy rosy-red plumes September to November, Russet to tawny autumn color, Clumping perennial grass with a rounded crown, Bloom Color: Pinkish-red