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pink flamingo muhly
muhlenbergia 'pink flamingo'
POACEAE

  • 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 (Muhlenbergia X 'Pink Flamingo") 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. 

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Katherine Gierlach