Muhlenbergia capillaris

hairgrass, muhly grass

Poaceae (Gramineae)

wildlife plant

Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: grass
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 2.0 to 3.0 ft    Width: 1.0 to 3.5 ft
Flower Color: flower color      pink
Fruit Color: fruit color      purple
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Hedge, specimen plant, mass planting
Propagation: Once the pink flower/seed heads are at their peak, the tiny seeds can be collected using a comb. It readily self seeds, with seeds that fall into cracks and crevices in rocks or pavement tending to do well. Seeds are available through the Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative.
Availability: Quality nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, lime rock
Soil pH Range: 5.8 to 6.8


wildlife plant  
Muhly grass forms a canopy that small animals can use for shelter and refuge. Small birds eat the seeds.
Native Habitats: Flatwoods, marshes, scrub.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Also known as sweetgrass, which has been used for coiled basketry, particularly in the "low country" of South Carolina, Georgia, and northeast Florida, by people of the Gullah Culture.

Other Comments:

The bright pink flower heads are at their fullest in late Fall and early Winter when most other flowering plants are calling it quits.