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Muhlenbergia rigens
Muhlenbergia rigens
Muhlenbergia rigens
Muhlenbergia rigens

Muhlenbergia rigens


Deer Grass

Kumeyaay - kwaayall
Cahuilla - suul

This fast growing California Native grass grows up to five feet high.  The narrow leaves and long silver-gray flower panicles that arch gracefully two to three feet over the gray-green foliage in late summer. 

The grass can be left alone for a natural look but looks best when cut back in late winter to early spring to allow fresh new foliage to emerge. This is an extremely adaptable plant that can grow it hot dry xeric gardens as a companion to native or other mediterranean climate plants or can be used in the occasionally to regularly irrigated meadow.  

Deer grass grows on banks of seasonal creeks, along roads or in gullies where the runoff forms in winter.  Use it in dry stream beds, along driveways or along the street edge to slow the runoff.

An easy California Native to grow in the Los Angeles area.   For more recommendations visit our Easiest California Native Plants to grow in your garden guide. 

- Plant in full sun to light shade

- Once established, can go the entire summer without water but it can also tolerate regular garden water which keeps the foliage nearly evergreen

- Hardy up to 0 degrees

-Native to California