A knee high purple haze in the distance may not be an atmospheric event, but the effect created by the wispy, purplish flower heads in a dense stand of Gulf muhlygrass. This is a showy clump forming grass that can get to 3 ft (0.9 m) tall and just as wide. The stems and leaves are wirelike and unbranched, originating from a dense basal clump. (Muhlygrass does not produce runners.) The purplish-red or pink inflorescence is a diffuse, silky panicle, 18 in (45.7 cm) long and 10 in (25.4 cm) wide, that stands above the wiry leaves. It appears in late summer, and persists for 6-8 weeks. The ripe seeds that follow give an attractive tan color to the wispy plumes.
Culture Light Full sun to light shade. Moisture Gulf muhlygrass tolerates a wide variety of soil conditions from moist to dry, acidic to alkaline, and sandy to marly. Established plantings will not need supplemental watering, but the grass will get larger with liberal irrigation. Hardiness USDA Zones 5 - 10. Propagation Gulf muhlygrass is easy to start from seed. Existing clumps can be divided to start new plants.
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