Muhlenbergia rigens

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Muhlenbergia rigens
Muhlenbergia rigens

Species Name: Muhlenbergia rigens
Common Name: Deergrass

Beautiful drought tolerant ornamental bunchgrass with flower stalks up to 6' high. Adds texture to gardens. Excellent for erosion control. Looks great in mass planting or as an accent. Shear every 3-4 years to rejunvenate.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Grass
Height by Width: 2-4' H x 4' W
Growth Habit: Bunchgrass
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to regular
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: Seedhead
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: High Cascade, Outer South Coast & Tranverse Ranges, Sierra Nevada, Great Central Valley, South Coast, San Jacinto Mtns., East of Sierra Nevada, Mojave Desert
Natural Habitat: Sandy to gravelly places, canyons, stream bottoms below 7100'

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  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.