Pink muhly grass is the big star this week in my Little Cedar Garden.
My five plants have finally grown into their adult form. It’s been a long time coming–five or six years to get this kind of stand in the front bed. It now stops traffic on our rural road. We don’t get that much traffic out here, but what does whiz by usually comes to an abrupt halt. I guess you can see why.
In my opinion, muhly grass has very specific conditions that must be met in order to grow well. In this one bed in the garden, I have those conditions.
- Full, hot, summer sun.
- Not much competition from other plants when the muhly grass is young.
- Very little water–I use drip irrigation in this bed. Muhly grasses need water, but not too much.
- Lean, well-drained soil.
I’ve been most successful with two selections of the native Muhlenbergia capillaris ‘Regal Mist‘ and ‘Fast Forward.’ ‘Fast Forward’ is supposed to bloom earlier, but I think ‘Regal Mist’ has bigger plumes. For those of you in colder climates, you might try M. reverchonii, ruby muhly grass, ‘Undaunted.’ It is supposed to be hardy to USDA Zones 5 and 6. The plumes are a bit different, but just as pretty in images I saw.
If you can meet its requirements, muhly grass is wonderful stuff. My dear friend, Fairegarden, turned me onto it years ago. I also grow a white variety called ‘White Cloud,‘ which is new this year, but I already love it too.
Note that it doesn’t look like much in other seasons which I think is okay. In July, it just looked like thin-bladed grass.
After I shared my pink muhly on Instagram yesterday, I was flooded with questions of where I bought my plants. I bought ‘Fast Forward’ from Bustani Plant Farm a couple of years ago and ‘Regal Mist’ six years ago from TLC Garden Nursery. I don’t know if they still have it or not, but I’ve given you links to High Country Gardens too. They should have plants again in spring.