Purple Muhly Grass,Also known as Gulf Muhly Grass
Purple Muhly Grass,Also known as Gulf Muhly Grass or Hairawn Muhly Grass,grows in drought conditions as well as wet conditions
Purple Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris) - Grow Purple Muhly Grass from ornamental grass seeds, and enjoy one of the most widely used and admired ornamental grasses. Also known as Gulf Muhly Grass or Hairawn Muhly Grass, this grass grows in various areas across the United States although it is native to Texas. The blue-green foliage is needle-like and gives the plant a stiff upright growth habit. Muhlygrass offers a beautiful display in the fall with a delicate, purple cloud-like affect.
Muhly ornamental grass grows in drought conditions as well as wet conditions, and it prefers full sun although it will tolerate partial shade. Purple Muhly Grass grows best in fertile soils, and if your soil is poor, consider adding organic matter to improve the condition of the soil.
Try growing them in beds with deep pink shrub roses, or place them in front of other grasses like pampas, purple fountain or black bamboo. Group three together for an especially showy display
How To Grow Purple Muhly Grass From Ornamental Grass Seeds: In the spring, once temperatures are warm and frost danger has passed, prepare a seedbed by loosening the top 6 inches and raking to a fine tilth. Remove rocks and clumps and smooth the soil flat and even. Place Purple Muhly Grass seeds on the seedbed and press them firmly into the soil. Keep the ornamental grass seeds moist until germination occurs. Ornamental grass care includes cutting the plant back within twelve inches from the ground during the winter months before new growth in spring. After pruning, add a small amount of fertilizer to the soil around the ornamental grass.
USDA Zones: 5 - 10
Height: 36 - 48 inches
Width: 24 - 36 inches
Foliage Color: Blue/green
Flower Color: Purple
Fall Color: Purple
Soil Requirement: Fertile, organic soil, dry or moist, but well-drained soil, pH 5.5 - 7.2
Environment: Full sun
Average Germ Time: 7 - 14 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: Do not cover the seed but tightly press into the earth
Sowing Rate: 2 - 3 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 24 - 36 inches
Materials: Flowers Seeds,Ornamental Grass Seeds,rock gardens,cottage gardens,at the front of borders and along pathways,Great in rock gardens,Millet,Purple Majesty,Pennisetum glaucum,AAS Gold winner 2003