Muhlenbergia capillaris - Muhly Grass
Thin, blue-green foliage forms a spiky, open, fine-textured mound that throws up stems in September topped by clouds of vibrant pink to lavender flowers that last well into fall. Easy to grow and drought tolerant, this grass is prized by birds for its seed, cover, and nesting attributes.
- Attracts vital native insects
- Provides nesting and shelter to native birds
- Birds love its abundant seeds
- Deer and rabbit resistant
- Easy to grow and drought, humidity tolerant
- Clumping habit is ideal for wildlife cover
Native to New England, south to Florida and west to Texas and the lower Midwest. Found on sandy, pine openings, prairies and dry, exposed ledges.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Ladybugs feed on scale insects, white flies, mites, and aphids so they are considered beneficial insects. Welcome this beneficial native insect to your garden where an adult beetle can eat up to 50 aphids a day.
Prefers sandy or rocky, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to light shade. This is a clump-forming ornamental grass that does not spread aggressively.