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Ornamental Appeal – Muhlenbergia capillaris (Muhly grass)

Visualizing a stunning landscape is a practiced day dream of most Floridians, however; cultivating one requires a bit more work.  Often characterized as a perfect marriage of art, science, and climate, landscaping requires adherence to selecting materials that are suitable to all conditions – soil composition, water accessibility, climate variances, and sun exposure.  When contemplating ways to improve the visual composition of the landscape don’t overlook the use of ornamental grasses.  Defined as “a decorative object; especially a plant cultivated for its beauty rather than use” ornamental grasses are available in a variety of colors and compositions that can be used as ground cover and border accents.  Visually appealing in its color, composition, and sprawl, Muhlenbergia capillaris – Muhly grass, is often used in Florida landscapes.

Produced in clumps measuring approximately three feet wide and three feet tall, Muhly grass is known for its fluffy, drifting, flowering stalks that are often pinkish or purplish during the fall.  Capable of surviving periods of drought and flooding, Muhly grass prefers full sun exposure within soil compositions including acidic, alkaline, sand, loam, and/or clay.  Experiencing growth at a moderate rate, Muhly grass is suitable for zones 7 through 11.  Native to Florida, specifically the pine flatwoods, beach dunes, and sand hill communities, Muhly grass performs well adding visual interest that can be enjoyed throughout the year.

To learn more about incorporating this ornamental grass into your landscape design, contact LMP at (877) LMP-PRO1.

References:

Gilman, E. F. (2014).  Muhlenbergia capillaris Muhly Grass.  Retrieved from http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fp415

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