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Muhlenbergia capillaris [= Muhlenbergia capillaris var. capillaris]

Hair-awn Muhly, Hairgrass, Pink Muhly

Scientific Name:

Muhlenbergia capillaris [= Muhlenbergia capillaris var. capillaris]

Genus:

Muhlenbergia

Species Epithet:

capillaris

Common Name:

Hair-awn Muhly, Hairgrass, Pink Muhly

Plant Type

Grass/Sedge/Rush

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

August, September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

In the Piedmont and Interior Low Plateau primarily in clayey or thin rocky soils (especially in areas which formerly burned and were prairie-like) and in open woodlands, in the Coastal Plain in savannas, dry woodlands, and coastal grasslands (where sometimes in close proximity with M. sericea), in the Mountains around calcareous rock outcrops. Uncommon to locally abundant in the NC Piedmont, Sandhills, and Coastal Plain, rare in the mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable, S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Forms clumps. Cultivars are available.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/muhlenbergia-capillaris/

https://nc.audubon.org/700

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/muhlenbergia/capillaris/



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