Muhlenbergia capillaris

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Hairgrass, Muhly Grass

Poaceae (Gramineae)

Plant Specifics

Size:2 to 3 (4) ft tall by 1.0 to 3.5 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Pink/purple
Fruit Color:Pink/purple
Phenology:Evergreen. Forms dense clumps. Blooms in mid- fall.
Habitats:Flatwoods, marshes, scrub.


Recommended Uses:Hedge, specimen plant, mass planting
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of occasional/brief inundation such as can occur in storm surges.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil/Substrate:Clay, Lime rock, Sand



Muhly grass forms a low canopy that small animals can use for shelter and refuge.

Small birds eat the seeds.