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Florida Native Plants: Muhly Grass  

from Plants Daily Post

Muhlenbergia capillaris 'White Cloud'

September 24, 2008 Ornamental Grasses in Florida icon

 Muhlenbergia capillaris 'White Cloud' icon

White Muhly grass is a cultivar of Pink Muhly, with a more upright habit, 2.5'H x 4'W, and like Pink Muhly will grow well in poor soils, tolerating heat and drought. The foliage is attractive for grassy texture in a planting, and the feathery plumes of flowers appear in fall. Of course to some it may look like just another cow pasture plant, but even in the worst application, as a pluming ornamental grass, Muhly is by far a better choice than was Cortaderia selloana , or Pampas Grass which was tried in South Florida once. Another costly and annoying landscape disaster south of Lake Okeechobee, it was eventually learned that Pampas Grass, a native of  moist sandy soils of river banks and mountains in Chile does not do well in heat, dry sandy or moist mucky soils at sea level.


Daily Post text by Leigh Fulghum

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