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9/17/2008 Native Landscape Plants for Florida
Muhlenbergia capillaris (Lam.)Trin. "Hairawn Muhly"
Commonly known as Muhly, this tufted slender leaved grass occurs naturally in low pinelands, prairies and coastal areas of Florida so for best results should be planted in wet soils. Growing approximately 3'W x 4'H it is dramatic when in bloom in plantings of cypress or pine, and would be lovely in retention swales, though proper spacing is important to avoid the over-planted effect which tends to occur in native plant landscaping. The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas, Austin lists Muhly as a "PlantWise Alternative" for the inexplicably popular Pennisetum setaceum, or red fountaingrass which has clearly fallen out of favor in Texas and will likely end up on the Florida black list as well.
Daily Post text and photos by Leigh Fulghum