torches of flamingo pink
pink flamingo muhly
muhlenbergia cappilaris x lindheimeri
MODERATE WATER (terrace zone)
FULL SUN TO FILTERED SHADE
HARDY TO -10º F
TO ABOUT 4-5' TALL, 2' WIDE
RED CLOUD OF FLOWERS OVER FOLIAGE IN FALL
LARVAL HOST TO MANY BUTTERFLIES
LEAVES USED BY BIRDS and bees FOR NEST-BUILDING
Pink flamingo grass is a hybrid of gulf muhly (Muhlenbergia capillaris) and blue muhly (Muhlenbergia lindheimeriana). The result is a more upright grass with pink torches that rise far above the foliage.
This plant can take full to part sun, needs moderate water, and can take temperatures down to about -10º F. Plants are best cut to an inch or so from the ground in late winter for rejuvenation. This one is better for situations where the other wider-growing muhly grasses may take up too much room, but where some height would be appreciated. This fast-grower will take up about a 2' footprint while growing to about 4-5' tall.
The pink plumes occur in the fall and fade to tan. Plants are still attractive if they go dormant. Birds and native bees use the foliage for nest-building, and seed-eating birds appreciate the seeds. Many butterflies use muhly grasses for host plants.