Muhlenbergia capillaris

  • Muhlenbergia capillaris


Diaphanous elegance in our gardens

Also referred to as Pink muhly grass, cotton candy grass, regal mist grass or pink hair, Muhlenbergia capillaris is a perennial plant that adds a delightful touch of grace and delicacy to every landscape. Native to North America, this ornamental grass has become a favourite of the gardeners and landscapers here at our four-star campsite Les Jardins de La Pascalinette ® for its beauty and easy upkeep.

This plant was named after the American botanist Gotthilf Heinrich Ernst Muhlenberg in a tribute to his botanical research in the 18th century. Muhlenbergia capillaris is characterized by its slender stems rising gracefully skywards, bearing delicate pink inflorescences that sway gracefully in the wind.

An endangered American legacy

A fascinating anecdote about Muhlenbergia capillaris relates to its role in American natural history. In the 19th century, this plant was a major component of the prairies located in the eastern areas of the United States, which provided a vital habitat for a variety of wildlife and played a key role in the ecosystem. However, European colonization and urban development led to the conversion of large areas of grassland into farming and cities, hence significantly reducing the natural habitat of Muhlenbergia capillaris. Today, conservation efforts are being made to preserve this iconic plant and restore its habitats.

In addition to its ecological importance, Muhlenbergia capillaris is appreciated for its landscaping versatility. Planted in private gardens, public parks or urban spaces, this gorgeous grass, with its pink feathers swaying gently in the wind, adds a touch of elegance and softness. What’s more, its drought resistance makes it an ideal choice for regions such as Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, where water is often in short supply during the summer period. Its unusual beauty and resilience have naturally earned it pride of place at our eco-friendly nature campsite in the Var, French Riviera-Côte d’Azur.


Latin name :Muhlenbergia capillaris
Family :Poaceae
Genus :Muhlenbergia
Species :capillaris
Color :Green foliage / Pink flowers
Origin :North America
Foliage :Semi-evergreen
Port :Tuft
Height :1 m
Flowering :September-November
Muhlenbergia capillaris

Did you know?

Enjoy its diaphanous white and pale pink feathers in late summer and autumn.