Saturday, October 24, 2009

Gulf Muhley (Muhlenbergia capillaris)


Summer flowers are fading in October when Gulf Muhley comes into glory.  And this bunch grass is a gold fountain in winter, green the rest of the year. 

Feels good too.  You can trail your fingers through the rounded fronds and come away knowing what smooth feels like.

Easy care, just rake out in spring to give new fronds more room to grow.


Gulf Muhley grows one to three feet high, making it a good choice for a low hedge.  The flowing look is a nice complement to flowering shrubs or a contrast to spiky foliage.


Highly deer resistant.  Where we live, that's not a plus, it's a requirement.

Gulf Muhley grows best in full sun and well-drained sand or loam.  The Lady Bird Wildflower Center also says it prefers moist soil.  My experience is that it's forgiving.  I took the muhley picture this morning in our back garden where it's growing in thin clay over limestone.  And survived on little water through the recent record drought.    


Who doesn't need year-round beauty?
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