The Gulf coast native grass, Muhlenbergia capillaris is the official harbinger of fall in the Fairegarden. It is the chosen plant to represent Wildflower Wednesday for September, 2013, the meme of my good friend Gail of Clay and Limestone.
Its time has come. The planting on the steep slope is always the first to reach peak pink. It is the view that greets us as we walk out the back door.
Smile inducing all the time but when the sun is shining brightly, the pink sparkles are so vivid you might want to grab the sunglasses for better viewing.
Muhlenbergia capillaris will be a focal point in my garden from September through December, when it will get cut down to the ground, sometimes even mowed, before the new growth begins to show.
Some facts about the muhly grass from an article in Fine Gardening magazine:
Height- 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread- 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit- Clumps
Growth Pace- Moderate Grower
Light- Full Sun to Part Shade
Tolerance- Deer Tolerant;Drought Tolerant
USDA Zones 7-10
Characteristics- Native; Self Seeds; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage; Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time- Fall
Flower Color- Pink Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower
Uses- Beds and Borders, Container, Ground Covers, Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Naturalizing, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point, Suitable as Annual, Waterside
Style Cottage Garden, Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest- Winter Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Recently offspring Semi and her offspring LTB, look how he has grown!, came over to dig some plants for her garden. In snapping some images of them working together, this photo reveals her looking up the slope, most likely at the pink muhly grass. She has several patches of pink muhly on her own slope already. Blooming size seedlings were dug for her from the Knot Garden gravel paths that day. Do you suppose she is dreaming of her grass having a similar appearance some day? It can happen!
For more information about Muhlenbergia capillaris and more photos, here are previous years’ posts about it, some are more clever than others:
Do You Like Pink? September 2012
Pink Muhly Grass Time October 2011
More Muhly December 2011
Muhly Grass Grand Opening October 2010
Waiting For Muhly-Finally Over November 2010
Muhly Watch Friday September 2009
Muhly Grass-See You In September January 2009
In addition to these blog posts, I wrote an article for the April 2012 edition of State By State Magazine that can be seen by clicking here.