hairgrass, muhly grass
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 2.0 to 3.0 ft Width: 1.0 to 3.5 ft
Flower Color: pink
Fruit Color: purple
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits, interesting foliage
Recommended Uses: Hedge, specimen plant, mass planting
Propagation: Once the pink flower/seed heads are at their peak, the tiny seeds can be collected using a comb. It readily self seeds, with seeds that fall into cracks and crevices in rocks or pavement tending to do well. Seeds are available through the Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative.
Availability: Quality nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, lime rock
Soil pH Range: 5.8 to 6.8
Muhly grass forms a canopy that small animals can use for shelter and refuge. Small birds eat the seeds.
Native Habitats: Flatwoods, marshes, scrub.
Distribution and Planting Zones
Map is based on minimum winter temperatures
Suitable to grow in:
Ethnobotany: Also known as sweetgrass, which has been used for coiled basketry, particularly in the "low country" of South Carolina, Georgia, and northeast Florida, by people of the Gullah Culture.
Other Comments: The bright pink flower heads are at their fullest in late Fall and early Winter when most other flowering plants are calling it quits.