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Products > Muhlenbergia 'Pink Flamingo'
Muhlenbergia 'Pink Flamingo' - Pink Flamingo Muhly

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: Southwest (U.S.) (North America)
Flower Color: Light Gray
Bloomtime: Fall/Winter
Parentage: (M. capillaris x M. lindheimeri)
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Muhlenbergia 'Pink Flamingo' (Pink Flamingo Muhly) - An upright warm-season grass that has foliage to 3 to 4 feet tall by 2 to 3 feet wide with narrow gray-green leaves. In late summer into mid fall appear airy pink flower spikes, arching above the foliage by about one and a half feet. Plant in full sun and irrigate occasionally to infrequently. Hardy to at least -10 and useful in USDA Zones 6-10 - some report good in zone 5 (-20 F) as well. This is a tough heat-loving grass that has performed well in the dry southwest US and in Texas. It is both drought tolerant and resistant to deer predation. Great for use in mass plantings or in tight locations were its narrow and upright habit makes it the perfect fit. This plant is a naturally occurring hybrid that was discovered at Peckerwood Garden near Hempstead Texas. It is reasonable to assume that it is a hybrid between Muhlenbergia capillaris and Muhlenbergia lindheimeri. The plant and flowers are much taller and upright like Muhlenbergia lindheimeri but more plumy and pink like Muhlenbergia capillaris. We thank the Grassman John Greenlee for turning us on to this wonderful grass and Hoffman Nursery in North Carolina for supplying us with our stock. Images on our website courtesy of Carol Reese, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist at the University of Tennessee Extension Service. These pictures and more information on the University of Tennessee October 2011 Plant of the Month Page. The German naturalist Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber (1739-1810) named the genus for Gotthilf Heinrich (Henry) Ernst Muhlenberg (1753-1815) who was American born but returned to his ancestral Germany for schooling and later returned to America. He was an ordained Lutheran minister but devoted his free time to the study of the botany.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted on this plant in our nursery library, from online sources, and from observations made of the crops growing in the nursery, plants in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Muhlenbergia 'Pink Flamingo'.