Botanical Name: Muhlenbergia capillaris ‘White Cloud’
Common Name: ‘White Cloud’ Muhly Grass
Description: ‘White Cloud’ is a nativar of the well-known pink muhly grass. It produces beautiful, moonlight white, billowing seed heads, and fine-textured, blue-green foliage. It has a more upright shape, grows a bit taller, and blooms shortly after pink muhly grass. Its airy blooms embellish and soften the landscape, and rival the breathtaking look that pink muhly is famous for achieving. Is drought tolerant but looks better with supplemental water during extended drought times. Undemanding, and elegant, it is a capable candidate for difficult areas and mass plantings. Quickly grows to 3-5′ tall and wide. Blooms in fall. I think the plumes are very pretty even in the winter when they’ve turned to tan seed pods. Needs well drained soil. Cut back almost to the ground in late winter to keep it tidy looking and full. Plumes/seed heads can be used for flower arrangements either dried or fresh. Likes a sun to part sun area. Perennial. Can be grown in large containers or in garden beds as a specimen or in mass plantings. Great for erosion control on slopes. Would be beautiful in your Moon Garden. Ladybugs are attracted to Muhly Grass, which means this plant is good for your Integrated Pest Management system.
Tolerant of occasional/brief inundation such as can occur in storm surges. Moderate tolerance of salty wind and may get some salt spray.
This plant in a 1-gallon container is 2-3′ tall.
Plant Lore: Genus name honors Gotthilf Henry Ernest Muhlenberg (1753-1815), Lutheran pastor in Pennsylvania, U.S.A., distinguished amateur botanist. Specific epithet means fine or hair-like.
Florida Hardiness Zones 8 – 10