Purple Muhly Grass

28 09 2011

The feathery and ethereal Purple Muhly (Muhlenbergia capillaris) is a Virginia native and is also known as Pink Hairgrass or Gulf Muhly. A North American native ornamental grass, it has blue-green needle-like foliage and can grow 3-4 feet high with a 2-3 foot spread. In the fall, the grass looks like a soft purple cloud from a distance. This sun-loving plant will grow in both drought and wet conditions. Photographed at Green Spring Gardens

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29 09 2011
thekingoftexas

Come on now, ‘fess up! I believe you photographes a Jackson Pollock painting. Your fortune is made if you have the original—it’s worth millions! This is a fascinating foto (just maintaining my alliteration habit). It could be a giant spider web, or an atom that has just been split, or a busy traffic grid similar to those cities pictured in science fiction movies, suspended in outer space—how did you get that shot??? Nice work!

30 09 2011
Steve Schwartzman

Gulf muhly makes it all the way to Texas; they often have some at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, though it’s not really native to Austin.

Steve Schwartzman
http://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com

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