Muhlenbergia rigens/Deer Grass

Muhlenbergia rigens / Muhlenbergia rigens
A relatively young clump of Deer Grass in late summer
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A relatively young clump of Deer Grass in late summer

Foliage late in the summer

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Scientific Name: Muhlenbergia rigens
Common Name: Deer Grass
Plant Type: Deciduous
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Light Exposure: Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: This is a clump grass which grows to about three feet tall with the flower plumes rising above the foliage in summer, fall and winter. It is native to California up into the mountains. Somewhat similar in form to pampas grass much not nearly as large and difficult to control growth. As with all ornamental grasses cut back old foliage and flowers at the end of the winter just before new growth begins. Grass is sometime used to make baskets.