Information on caring for muhly grass.
Muhlenbergias create textural drama which, in some species, is enhanced by deeply colored flowers. Some make exceptional specimens, and all are great en masse in borders, meadows, and native gardens. Most species are native to Mexico, Asia, and the U.S. Take care that they are not allowed to become invasive.
Muhlenbergias thrive in full sun or partial shade in average, moist, but well-drained soil; however, most are tolerant of drought, heat, and poor soils.
I have Muhlenbergia in my yard, planted a year ago. Love it! Should I cut it back before spring?
There is usually no need to prune this grass except to keep it neat. If this is the case, you can cut it back in the fall to keep it neat through the winter, or in late winter before new growth comes out. I would opt for late winter. Here is more info: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/muhly-grass/growing-muhly-grass.htm
We're interested in planting a bed of Muhly grass along the western foundation wall of our house but are concerned about the toll NE Ohio winters could take. Various websites give differing information. I've seen "hardy to zone 7," "Zones 6-9," and "as low as 0º." we're in Zone 6, 3 miles south of Lake Erie.
I see what you mean about conflicting information. Many extension sites, however, did include zone 5 in the hardiness zone for muhly grass. According the following website, "Hardiness depends on the provenance. For example, plants from a Florida population will not be as hardy as those from more northerly climes, so ask the nursery about their source." So that is something to consider.
I would say go ahead and give muhly grass a try. However, I would take extra measures to protect it during winter. Do not cut the grass down when mulching - the foliage will help insulate the crown of the plant.
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White muhly grass has very little green to it. Been in very gravely sandy soil since May. Will it turn green as your description indicates? Is white muhly grass supposed to be more brown now? It looks healthy but is not green. Will it turn green?
There are many different varieties with variations in colors.
Here are a few links for you.
I would like to grow my pink muhly grass in containers. What would over wintering require, and can the flowers be cut and dried? Thank you for your time and all your help.
Muhly Grass can be grown in large containers.
Use a rich loamy soil and make sure the container has good drainage.
Watering is key with container plants and you need to make sure you check the soil, daily when temperatures are hot and conditions windy.
Watch for signs of the plant becoming root bound, center die out is an indicator.
Muhly Grass is hardy down to zone 6. In a container you will need to provide extra protection and even placing the container in a garage or shed would be best. The roots are vulnerable to freeze, so if they thaw and refreeze, the grasses can die off.
Most people leave the grass for winter interest and prune in the spring.
I certainly can see cutting the grass for use in dried arrangements.
I want to place small, tiny plants in large pots, very large. How many can I put together in one pot and how deep should the potting soil be in pots?
In a container I would give them at least 18 to 24 inches apart.
You have to allow them space to spread out, both the grass and the roots.
Make sure the container has adequate drainage and that you do not overwater the small plants in a large container.
I absolutely love Pink Muhly Grass and am thinking of planting it around our above ground pool; however, I have been told that it only turns pink from Sept. to Dec. Is that true and, if so, what does it look like during the summer months?
Prior to blooming and after flowering the ornamental grass is a lovely green graceful grass.