Ornamental plants add a streak of color and vitality to the atmosphere they are in. The best thing about these plants is that they can be kept inside the house as potted plants, and also grown in gardens. Having ornamental or decorative plants in and around the house can make the house look more attractive, and transform a dull environment into a cheerful and vibrant one. Muhly grass is one such type of grass that is extensively used as a decorative plant. This plant comes in varieties of pink, gulf and purple muhly.
Muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris) was named in honor of Gotthilf Heinrich Ernest Muhlenberg, an American botanist. The genus Muhlenbergia has approximately 155 species of grass, among which Muhlenbergia capillaris is one of the species. This grass is also known as 'Hair Grass' and produces delicate and wispy blossoms that are brilliantly hued. This grass was seen growing in the grasslands of North America, before it was discovered and brought to the human civilization. The distinctive feature of this plant is its unbranched leaves from which stalks of brightly-colored blossoms spring forth. You can plant this grass along the hedge or in a circular pattern in the middle of the garden to transform your garden dramatically.
The plant grows to an average height of 3 feet and can survive the fluctuating changes of the climate. The plant is in full bloom in the seasons of fall and autumn, in pink or purple colors. The flowers begin to bloom in the late summer and continue till winter. These flowers are intolerant to frost and hence wither during the winter season. Being a form of hardy grass, there have been no reported cases of pest infestation or plant diseases, as of now.
Essentials of Care
This grass requires low maintenance and can also survive well in poor soils. However, planting it in fertile soil will be an added advantage. The plant requires well-drained soil, and abundant exposure to sunlight. Make sure to plant the grass in a wide, and slightly deep pit for its roots to branch out. The seeds of this grass are also available--the best time to plant grass seeds is between the months of March and August. Make sure the soil in which you are planting the grass is free of rocks and pebbles. Organic compost can be mixed into the soil to increase its fertility.
Since these plants do not require much water, you can water them once a week during the hot climate. Use a balanced NPK fertilizer for the proper growth of the grass. However, use this fertilizer only thrice in a year at regular intervals--February, June and September. Pruning the grass also becomes important because it is one of the fast-growing grasses. Trim the grass during late winter when its growth is at its peak. Also, clear the dead and decayed foliage around the base with the help of a rake. This will help the plant to breathe more freely.
This perennial grass can be seen in gardens, both public and private. This grass has a class and beauty of its own and with proper care and maintenance it can become a jewel in your garden.