Gulf Muhly Grass, Muhlenbergia capillaris, has been named a Texas Superstar Plant. Anyone who grows this plant can see why. Native to Texas and Central and Eastern parts of the US it requires very little maintenance.
During the year the thin wiry leaves of green sway in the wind and over time a nice clump 2 to 3 feet high and 2 feet wide is formed. In the fall it becomes a showstopper. That is when it erupts in a mass of pink flowers which form a haze seen from afar. Even in December when this picture was taken, and it is past its glory it keeps its form and color.
Gulf Muhly has no disease and pest issues and is deer resistant. It grows in sandy, clayey and rocky soil and requires low to medium moisture once established. I trim mine at the end of February to about 8 inches. Trimming native grasses appears to be a personal preference. They will come back from a heavy pruning but will look sparse for several months. Others prefer to rake out the dead parts and clean up around the clump.
It is a nice accent plant and looks even better planted in masses.