Also known as Muhly Grass, Cotton Candy Ornamental Grass is a terrific way to add tons of color and plenty of texture to a late Summer (or early Fall) garden. Not only is it super easy to grow, but this colorful grass also tolerates high levels of heat, making it the perfect option for gardeners in a desert climate, or ones looking for tons of beautiful color to enjoy. Once you start landscaping with this super gorgeous grass, you’ll wonder how you added texture to your garden beforehand. If you love the look of this gorgeous grass, try your hand at growing it in your yard with my super easy grow guide, found below!
Cotton Candy Ornamental Grass grows best in grow zones 6-10.
Water and Sun Needs: For optimal growth and good health, plant your Cotton Candy Ornamental Grass in areas of full sun. Plants should receive an inch of water weekly but can last longer in times of drought if necessary. Do not over water, this could be detrimental to your plant.
Average Size: Can grow to be between 26-34 inches wide once fully matured. However, gardeners should be warned that this grass is considered invasive in most environments, so you may have to trim it back as it grows.
Plant Type: Cotton Candy Ornamental grass is considered to be a perennial.
Cotton Candy grass is incredibly tolerant of heat, humidity, and even dry to wet conditions. This plant makes a terrific border and is even known to be deer resistant, which is great news for just about any gardener!
How to Get Started
To plant, make sure you choose the location of your yard with full sun. Soil can be anywhere from slightly acidic to clay. The grass plants should be spaced around 24-26 inches apart to account for rapid growth later on in the life-cycle. Fertilize plants once yearly, in the fall to provide nutrients for the upcoming growing season. Expect to be pleasantly surprised by the late season color.
What To Plant With
For a pretty pairing and tons of late summer color, pair your grasses with petunias. And for some color in early spring (while your grass lays dormant) pair with Spring bulbs or tulips.