Muhlenbergia rigens

Deer Grass

Boething Treeland Farms grows over 1,200 varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials and specialty plants on ten California nurseries to serve the wholesale landscape and nursery industries throughout the Western United States and beyond.

Plant Type: Grasses / Shrubs

Evergreen-Deciduous: Evergreen

Overall Mature Size: Medium

Also Grown As: Bush

Mature Height & Spread: 4' x 4'

Natural Growth Habit: Clumping

Native To: California, Southwest, Mexico and Central America

Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water: Medium Water, Low Water

Flower Color: Purple

Bloom Time: Fall

Special Features: Desert Conditions / Drought Resistant / Seacoast Conditions

Container Sizes: #1, #5

Sunset Garden Zones: 4-24

A Bit More

This California native grass has been popular with indigenous populations for hundreds of years. Named for an 18th century botanist and Lutheran minister, Henry Muhlenberg it was coveted by the Zuni tribe for basket weaving material and for making bread. It forms a dense tuft of long narrow leaves that are silver to green to purple. They are best kept 4’ apart so that the attractive rounded shape is not lost. They are beautiful in groups of three, planted side by side to form an attractive row, or paired with boulders and other native grasses and perennials to achieve a naturalistic landscape. Deergrass, as it is affectionately known, is only popular with animals in its early life when the stalks are tasty and tender. With age, they will be left alone. Tall, nearly 2 foot tall, flower stalks appear in the fall. Excellent for erosion control, it will need no supplemental water once established. Muhlenbergia rigens is recommended for Sunset Western Garden zones 4-24 and is partial to full sun or partial shade. Boething Treeland Farms grows it in 1 and 5 gallons.

A Bit More

This California native grass has been popular with indigenous populations for hundreds of years. Named for an 18th century botanist and Lutheran minister, Henry Muhlenberg it was coveted by the Zuni tribe for basket weaving material and for making bread. It forms a dense tuft of long narrow leaves that are silver to green to purple. They are best kept 4’ apart so that the attractive rounded shape is not lost. They are beautiful in groups of three, planted side by side to form an attractive row, or paired with boulders and other native grasses and perennials to achieve a naturalistic landscape. Deergrass, as it is affectionately known, is only popular with animals in its early life when the stalks are tasty and tender. With age, they will be left alone. Tall, nearly 2 foot tall, flower stalks appear in the fall. Excellent for erosion control, it will need no supplemental water once established. Muhlenbergia rigens is recommended for Sunset Western Garden zones 4-24 and is partial to full sun or partial shade. Boething Treeland Farms grows it in 1 and 5 gallons.