Muhlenbergia capillaris

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Taxonomy (3)

Classification: Angiosperm, monocot
Family: Poaceae
Common name: Muhly Grass 

General Information (1,2,3)

Region of Origin: United States
USDA Plants Hardiness Zones: 5-10 

  • Size: 3 feet tall
  • Deciduous/Evergreen: Semi-evergreen
  • Flowering: Late summer to fall

Diagnostic Characteristics

Leaves (2,3)

  • Arrangement: Alternate
  • Simple/Compound: Simple
  • Shape: Linear
  • Other: 1.5-3 feet

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Flower (1,3)

  • Color: Purplish red to pink
  • Size: 18 inches
  • Inflorescence type: Panicle

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Fruit (2)

  • Size: <0.5 inch
  • Color: Brown

Horticultural Information (1,3)

  • Light: Full sun to partial shade
  • Maintenance: Easy to care for
  • Landscape Uses: Borders, accents
  • Other: Needs deadheading

Interesting Facts (1)

  • There is a tradition in South Carolina of weaving baskets from this grass


1) Christman, S.(2004). Muhlenbergia capillaris. Retrieved from
2) Gilman, E. (2012). Muhlenbergia capillaris. Retrieved from
3) Pelczar, R., and Barrick, W.E. (2004). Book.  American Horticultural Society: Southeast Smart Garden Regional Guide. New York, New York:  DK Publishing.

Prepared by Brittany Mixon as a course requirement for BIOL 3630/5630, Spring 2013
Edited by Jessica Bartek