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Plumetastic® Pink Muhly Grass

Muhlenbergia capillaris 'Irvine'

Pronunciation: mew-len-BERG-gee-uh kap-ill-AIR-iss
SKU #08487

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Description Stately, showy foliage with an exceptional, upright, slightly arching form. Glittering clouds of vivid purple plumes emerge 3 to 5 weeks later than Regal Mist, lending far richer color from late summer to fall. Foliage stays green much longer than others of its type. An outstanding single specimen; spectacular massed in a meadow or native garden.
Light Full sun, Partial sun
Watering Once established water during dry spells.
Blooms Late Summer through Fall
Mature Size Reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, clumping slightly wider; blooms reach 4 ft. tall.
Deciduous/Evergreen Herbaceous
Special Features Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Waterwise, Fast Growing, Benefits Birds
Growth Rate Moderate
Landscape Use Container, Poolside
Design Ideas Wonderful planted in mass with a solid wall background to highlight the flowers. Also attractive planted in the open next to a pond or pool. The delicate, airy flowers wave and shimmer in the wind. This plant is versatile and can be mixed into ornamental or native landscape designs. Superb hillside plant, especially when situated so that the flower plumes are back-lit by the afternoon sunlight.
Flower Color Purplish-pink
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis); Catmint (Nepeta); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Scotch Broom (Cytisus)
Care Easy to grow and adaptable; thrives in average to lean, well-drained soils. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. For a neat appearance, hard prune old foliage annually, before new leaves emerge.
Lore The genus Muhlenbergia is named for Gotthilf Heinrich Ernst Muhlenberg (1753-1815),a Lutheran minister and the first president of Franklin College in Pennsylvania. He is most famous due to his work in the field of botany where he named and classified over 150 species of plants. Most species are native to Mexico, the U.S. and Asia. Muhlenbergia capillaris is native to the Southern U.S and found in pine flatlands, coastal uplands and sandy prairies along the Gulf States.

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