The muhly grass genus, Muhlenbergia, contains over 150 species of grasses and was named after the self-taught German American botanist Gotthilf Heinrich Ernst Muhlenberg (1753–1815). Several grasses in this genus are excellent candidates for Southern Plains gardens. Hardy, drought-tolerant, and easy to care for, they like full or partial sun. Here are my favorites.
Gulf muhly (Muhlenbergia capillaris, Zones 6–10)
Gulf muhly, also known as pink muhly, is perhaps the best-known muhly grass in our region due to its hazy, ethereal pink blooms in the fall. Muhlies are clump-forming grasses, and gulf muhly tends to form a clump about 2 to 3 feet wide and tall. Tall, purplish pink inflorescences appear at the crown and take on a feathery look that is striking in group plantings. A cultivar of Muhlenbergia capillaris called ‘White Cloud’ is a gorgeous alternative…
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