Dwarf Pink Muhly Grass Shrub

Product Description

This dwarf pink Muhly grass shrub cultivar is as unique as it is breathtaking! In the autumn, it creates an incredible display of billowy, vibrant pink ‘hairgrass’ that will add a playful yet sophisticated look to your garden.

This North Carolina native plants fall flowering makes it a very distinguishing ornamental grass addition to any landscape. In the early spring growing season, white flowering stalks shoot up before its pink flower form season color.

Masses of airy, open, loosely branched blooms (each to 12 inches long) in purple-red to pink colors hang above the dark green foliage in a lengthy fall bloom. Some may say it looks like cotton candy pink grass giving it the nickname of cotton candy grass! Tan seed head plumes continue to thrive all through winter on this grass.

Dwarf Pink Muhly Grass Care

Gulf muhly grass plants are a native plant of the South that boasts good drought tolerance and salt tolerance. It is low maintenance and  can be planted in a wide range of sites including poor soil sites that are sandy or rocky. This warm season plant doesn’t like wet conditions so be sure to plant in a well drained soil site.

Used by garden designers all over and looks wonderful in mass plantings or as ground covers in native gardens. For muhly grass spacing, be sure to plant this grass at least 3 feet apart.

Muhlenbergia capillaris aka muhly grass is easy to grow and tolerates heat, humidity, and drought (hence why it lives in Florida and southern North America). It is also deer resistant!

Grass grows in full sun across the United States in USDA growing zones 6-9. It can grow up to 2-3 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide at mature height. It is a good idea to feed with a slow release fertilizer in early spring while it is actively growing.

The blue green foliage has clump forming masses that will spread around the planting site. Careful, if left unpruned the pink muhly grass is invasive! Containers work wonders for keeping the ornamental grass at bay!

Shop our pink Muhly Grass for sale aka the cotton candy ornamental grass!

Botanical Name

Muhlenbergia capillaris

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Flower Color Pink
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 2-3 ft
Mature Width 2-3 ft
Growing Zones 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Drought tolerant
  • Low maintenance
  • Pink feathery plumes
  • Visual appeal

Shipping Info

Once your Dwarf Pink Muhly Grass Shrub order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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The Muhlbergia or Muhly Grass does best in full sun and can tolerate part shade. Too much shade will decrease growth. It can tolerate poor soil but grows best in average, medium and well-drained to low moisture soil. They tolerate heat and humidity well and are very drought tolerant once established. Regular water should be given until established, however.

The Muhly Grass maintains its free-flowing clump shape well naturally and requires no pruning.

The Muhlenbergia should be planted 2 to 3 feet apart.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Muhly Grass, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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  1. Valinda

    Very hardy and love the color.

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