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Pink muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris) thrives with little attention on the UC Davis campus. This easy-care, cast-iron perennial is part of the UC Davis Arboretum’s Durable Delights collection.

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UC Davis Arboretum Durable Delights: Pink muhly grass

Published: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 - 12:35 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 - 6:52 pm

This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum Durable Delights, 30 can’t-fail, easy-care plants well-adapted to our region.

Pink muhly grass

Muhlenbergia capillaris

Size: 3 to 5 feet tall

Bloom season: Late summer, fall

Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Pruning needs: Remove old flower stalks. To renew, cut clump back to ground in early spring.

Water needs: Once established, water deeply once or twice a month.

Snapshot: It’s hard to find a tougher or more adaptable ornamental grass. A native of Florida, pink muhly tolerates salt, heat and drought as well as flooding, making it an ideal choice for coastal or riverside landscapes. With its pretty pink cloudlike flowers, it makes a dramatic mass planting with very little maintenance. The fine foliage turns coppery in fall, adding more interest. This muhly grows best in sandy or rocky soil. You can see specimens in the Ruth Risdon Storer Valley-Wise Garden of the UC Davis Arboretum on campus.

For more on Durable Delights, click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu

Debbie Arrington

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