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NC Sacto Tour 5
Pink Muhly
Oriental Fountain Grass
Designer: Robert Littlepage APLD

Garden Tours: Courtyard Entry Garden

Photographer: GardenSoft
Pink Muhly

Common name: Pink Muhly
Botanical name: Muhlenbergia capillaris

Mounding grass grows quickly to 3' x 3'. Leaves are medium green and turn tan in fall. Pink airy plumes appear in fall. Place plants where pink flower plumes can be backlit by the sun. Look for selections with deep pink flower plumes. Accepts full sun or partial shade. Very frost tolerant. Prune in early spring for best looking new growth. Native to Texas and Mexico.

Oriental Fountain Grass

Common name: Oriental Fountain Grass
Botanical name: Pennisetum orientale

Oriental Fountain Grass is a clumping, warm-season grass with spectacular pinkish white flowers in summer and sometimes fall. Flower plumes change to light brown. Foliage is a bright green that changes to straw color as winter approaches. This grass is 2.5' tall and wide. It usually does not reseed. This grass is striking if backlit to show off flower plumes.