Muhlenbergia capillaris - Pink muhley grass
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.
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.