Muhlenbergia capillaris: Pink Muhly Grass

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Muhlenbergia capillaris, commonly known as the hairawn muhly or Pink Muhly Grass, is a perennial hedge-like plant that grows to be about 30–90 cm [1–3 ft] tall and 60–90 cm [2–3 ft] wide. The plant itself includes a double layer; green leaf-like structures surround the understory, with purple-pink flowers out-growing them from the bottom up. The plant is a warm-season grass, meaning that leaves begin growth in the summer. During the summer, the leaves will stay green, but they morph during the fall to produce a more copper color. The seasonal changes also include the flowers, as they grow out during the fall and stay healthy untill the end of autumn. The muhly grows along the border of roads and on plain prairies. The grass clumps into herds, causing bush-like establishments in the area that the hairawn muhly inhabits. The flowers are very feathery and add a cloudlike appearance to the top of the grass. It is native to eastern North America and can be used for a multitude of purposes including ornamental gardening and farming. Over-cultivation as a crop has led to its depletion, even though it is easily maintainable in drought or shady terrain.

Photo: Flintstone, GA, 20120929

Source: Wikipedia

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