Muhlenbergia rigens

Deer Grass

Plant family: Poaceae - Grass


Plant type: Grass-like

Plant origin: N/A, California

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One Gallon 2139   10.99
Five gallon - Natural 357   29.99

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Flower Color Insignificant
Blooming Season Summer
Height 1-2 feet, 2-3 feet
Spread 1-5 feet
Sun / Shade   
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Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub, Grassland, Woodland/Forest

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Clay, Decomposed Granite, Sand

Special Characteristic

Important to Native People, Tolerant of Clay Soil, Tolerates Hard Frost

Plant Highlights

Deer grass is an evergreen grass that grows in mounding clumps. Spikes of pale yellow to purple flower stems grow 2' above the grass blades.This grass is very versatile. It looks good in medians or along roads or driveways, but is equally at home in large meadows, or amongst shrubs where its contrasting shape and texture is desirable. Plant it between boulders for a dry streambed effect. Deer Grass is easy to grow and maintain. It is best if it is cut back to about 6" in the winter, allowing vibrant new growth n the spring. The flower stems have traditionally been used by the California Native Americans to make coiled baskets.

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