Muhlenbergia capillaris

Muhlenbergia capillaris

Muhlenbergia capillaris

The genus is named for Gotthilf Heinrich Muhlenberg (1753-1814).  Muhlenberg was an accomplished botanist, chemist and mineralist, but he is most famous in the area of botany. He was a German educated Lutheran minister and the first president of Franklin College now Franklin and Marshall in Pennsylvania.  The plant is a warm season plant which means it starts growing in the summer and blooms in the autumn, September-November. It is a clump forming grass with a double layer; the green leaf like structure appears in summer and the purple pink flowers “out-grow” from the bottom up creating a feathery mass in the fall. 

This wonderful stand of grasses did not survive the winter of 2013-14 at the Botanical Center despite the fact that the USDA gives it a zone 6 hardiness level.

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