Muhlygrass, Hairawnmuhly
Muhlenbergia capillaris
Poaceae


Landscape Uses:

Accent grass or groundcover. Wildflower gardens.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Availability:
Widely cultivated. Available in Lake Worth at Indian Trails Native Nursery (561-641-9488) and at Amelia's SmartyPlants (561-540-6296), and in Parrish at Sweet Bay Nursery, LLC (941-776-0501).
Description:
Medium to large herbaceous grass with wiry leaves.
Height:
Typically 2-3 feet in height; to 5 feet when in flower. About as broad as tall, except when in flower.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Widespread in much of eastern and central North America south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies, Mexico and Central America. Rare in the Monroe County Keys, very rare in the upper Keys and very rare or absent in the middle Keys.
Habitats:
Pinelands, marl prairies and marshes.
Soils:
Wet to moist, seasonally inundated freshwater or brackish soils, without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low to moderate; it can grow in nutrient poor soils or soils with some organic content.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Secondary line; tolerates significant salt wind without injury, but usually is somewhat protected.
Drought Tolerance:
Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun to light shade.
Flower Color:
Purple inflorescence.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy when at peak.
Flowering Season:
Summer-winter; peak in fall.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous caryopsis.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed or divisions.
Comments:


James Johnson, 2000
In habitat, Miramar Pineland Natural Area,
Broward County, Florida
Roger L. Hammer
Keith A. Bradley
George D. Gann
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton