Scientific name: Muhlenbergia capillaris
Description and characteristics:
Showy clump-forming, ornamental grass. Leaves turn to a copper color in the fall. Grows along the border of roads and in prairies. It is a useful native ornamental grass in land reclamation. Attracts beneficial insects such as ladybug beetles. The clumping habit makes it excellent for use as wildlife cover, such as nests and shelter for native birds. This is a Texas native plant.
Pink feathery flowers in the fall.
Full sun to light shade. Disease resistant, tolerant of shade, and easy to maintain. Tolerates salt spray and a wide variety of soil conditions from moist to dry, acidic to alkaline, and sandy to marly. It makes an excellent groundcover for areas with poor soils, or a refined specimen grass in natural gardens. Once established, it needs no care.