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Products > Muhlenbergia 'Pink Flamingo'
Muhlenbergia 'Pink Flamingo' - Pink Flamingo Muhly
Image of Muhlenbergia 'Pink Flamingo'
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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. 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 pictures on this page courtesy of Carol Reese, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist at the University of Tennessee Extension Service. The second image taken on Halloween day in a garden in Santa Barbara.  Information displayed on this page about  Muhlenbergia 'Pink Flamingo' is based on the research conducted about it in our library and from reliable online resources. We also note those observations we have made of this plant as it grows in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how crops have performed in our nursery field. We will incorporate comments we receive from others, and welcome to hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.