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Plants of the UNF Campus

Muhlenbergia capillaris - Pink muhley grass
Family Poaceae


Reportedly, over one hundred species of Muhlenbergia are native to the Americas and Asia. This species is native to Florida and the eastern U.S. The slender leaf blades grow to about two feet tall. A pink to purple inflorescence stands above the foliage in autumn. The flower spikes are surprisingly ornamental for a grass. As a result, this plant is growing in popularity among landscapers and gardeners. 


See this plant at several locations around campus, including the parking lot at Lake Oneida and the banks of pond ‘H’ behind building 6.


Herbaceous plant with leaves to two to three feet tall. Flower spikes are taller than the leaves.

Care Instructions:

Light: full sun

Water: drought tolerant when established

Soil: very adaptable, no special requirements

This native grass grows easily in northeast Florida. It is best in full sun in a wide range of soil conditions. 

Muhlenbergia capillaris