1. Is Muhly Grass easy to grow and how much maintenance is involved?
Muhly is not difficult. I started with gallon pots. It requires full sun, moderate moisture and excellent drainage. The soil here is loamy sand.
In early spring, for good results of fall bloom, it must be cut to the ground or set on fire. Its neighbors will try to climb into the clumps, as Lantana has done here. Falling leaves will collect in the clumps in the fall.
2. Have you ever killed any Muhly grass?
Yes. I let Tithonia come up and shade some young divisions. I was busy admiring visiting butterflies and failed to notice the decline of the Muhly until it was too late. The Muhly pictured above are divisions that I managed to keep unshaded by its neighbors until it got a good start.
3. Nursery hype says it blooms from September to November. True?
Pictured below are wispy blooms from October 10, 2014. Full bloom comes later in the month of October. Frost in November will end the color show.
4. What does Muhlenbergia look like the rest of the Year?
Early August, it is just a clump of green. After frost, the blooms are tan and last until properly cut to the ground in late winter before new growth starts.
5. Does the pink really look like your pictures?
It really does. It varies with the light. For the best view, the infloresences must be backlit by the sun. I make pics in early morning and late afternoon. Viewed against a plain background away from the sun, they are not very colorful.
6. Have you grown Gulf Muhly from seeds?
I haven't tried. Dividing clumps in spring is not that difficult and much faster.
7. Is there a substitute Native grass to use instead of Muhlenbergia?
Eragrostis spectabilis, here in a meadow setting.
Eragrostis, Purple Love Grass, has a slightly longer bloom time.
Muhlenbergia atop a berm, 2014.