Gulf muhly grass

Southern gardeners, are you growing Gulf muhly (Muhlenbergia capillaris)? Autumn is its cotton-candy bloom time, and it’s an unforgettable sight.

From a distance you see a pinkish-purple haze floating above deep-green foliage. (That’s purple fountain grass in the foreground.)

Come closer and the splendor of this native Texas grass is revealed.

A small-to-medium-sized clumping grass at about 2 feet tall and wide (3 feet tall in bloom), it pairs well with the purple-tinged foliage of Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurascens’ and the bright yellow-and-green stripes of ‘Color Guard’ yucca.

Or try it with Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha), orange lantana, and dwarf firebush (Hamelia Patens ‘Compacta’) for a spectacular fall display.

The fuchsia flowers of Autumn sage (Salvia greggii) also look great beside it.