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Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet

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Muhlenbergia capillaris 'Regal Mist'™

     This native of east Texas has taken the Southwest by storm in the past few years. During their fall bloom period, mass plantings of Regal Mist™ can literally stop traffic! The haze of deep pink flowers covering the plant is especially stunning when backlit by the sun. Muhlenbergia capillaris is a small clump grass with narrow, glossy green leaves. The foliage forms a dense rosette to three feet tall and wide, with the frothy flowers adding another 1-2 feet of height in the fall months. This fast-growing plant should be cut almost to the ground in late winter or early spring to remove the brown leaves and spent flowers. In cold regions it will turn winter dormant, but is hardy to -10° F. Regal Mist™ thrives in full sun and reflected heat locations, and even tolerates light shade. It is adapted to a wide range of soils, from sand to clay, and survives drastic fluctuations in water supply. While it will survive with very little water, it needs ample irrigation to look its best in the summertime. To date, reseeding has not been a problem when plants are watered with drip irrigation. Use Regal Mist™ in bold sweeps, nestled up against boulders or low walls for a softening effect, or around water features and swimming pools. USDA Zone 6.

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