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White Cloud Muhly Grass

Muhlenbergia capillaris 'White Cloud'

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White Cloud Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris 'White Cloud') at Valley View Farms

White Cloud Muhly Grass fruit

White Cloud Muhly Grass fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

White Cloud Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris 'White Cloud') at Valley View Farms

White Cloud Muhly Grass fruit

White Cloud Muhly Grass fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  3 feet

Flower Height:  4 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Other Names:  Gulf Muhly

Description:

A mounding grass with very fine, glossy green foliage; airy plumes of white flowers in fall gives one a sense of fluffy clouds, that will eventually fade to tan seed pods in late fall and winter; breathtaking planted in masses

Ornamental Features

White Cloud Muhly Grass features airy plumes of white flowers rising above the foliage from late summer to mid fall. The tan seed heads are carried on showy plumes displayed in abundance in late fall. Its glossy grassy leaves remain green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

White Cloud Muhly Grass is a dense herbaceous perennial grass with a shapely form and gracefully arching stems. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

White Cloud Muhly Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

White Cloud Muhly Grass will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for poor, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

White Cloud Muhly Grass is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Texture 
Ornamental Features
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