Hairawn Muhly (Capillaris)

The Hairawn Muhly (Capillaris) is generally described as a perennial graminoid. This is native to the U.S. (United States) has its most active growth period in the spring and summer . The Hairawn Muhly (Capillaris) has yellow-green foliage and inconspicuous red flowers, with an abuncance of conspicuous purple fruits or seeds. The greatest bloom is usually observed in the fall, with fruit and seed production starting in the fall and continuing until winter. Leaves are not retained year to year. The Hairawn Muhly (Capillaris) has a short life span relative to most other plant species and a moderate growth rate. At maturity, the typical Hairawn Muhly (Capillaris) will reach up to 3 feet high, with a maximum height at 20 years of 0 inches.

The Hairawn Muhly (Capillaris) is easily found in nurseries, garden stores and other plant dealers and distributors. It can be propagated by seed, sprigs. It has a slow ability to spread through seed production and the seedlings have medium vigor. Note that cold stratification is not required for seed germination and the plant cannot survive exposure to temperatures below 7°F. has low tolerance to drought and restricted water conditions.

Plant Basics
Category
Growth Rate Moderate
General Type Graminoid
Growth Period Spring, Summer
Growth Duration Perennial
Lifespan Short
Plant Nativity Native to U.S.
Commercial Availability Routinely Available
Physical Characteristics
Bloom Period Fall
Displays Fall Colors Yes
Shape/Growth Form Bunch
Drought Tolerance Low
Shade Tolerance Intolerant
Height When Mature 3
Flower Color Red
Flower Conspicuousness Yes
Fruit/Seed Abundance High
Fruit/Seed Seasonality Fall Winter
Seed Spread Rate Slow
Gardening Characteristics
Propagations (Ways to Grow) Seed, Sprigs
Moisture Requirements High
Cold Stratification Required No
Minimum Temperature 7
Soil Depth for Roots 9
Toxic to Nearby Plants No
Toxic to Livestock No
After-Harvest Regrowth Rate Moderate
After-Harvest Resprout Ability No
Responds to Coppicing No
Growth Requirements
pH Range 5.8–6.8 pH
Precipitation Range 30–30 inches/yr
Planting Density 11000–18000 indiv./acre
Soil Textures Coarse, Fine, Medium
Soil Depth for Roots 9
Minimum Frost-Free Days 120 day(s)
Salinity Tolerance High
CaCO3 Tolerance Low
Sustainability & Use
Leaf Retention No
Palatability Low
Fire Resistant No

Source: USDA, NRCS, PLANTS Database, plants.usda.gov.
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA