Muhlenbergia rigens  Deer Grass    A  spectacular California native bunchgrass
Muhlenbergia rigens “California Deer Grass”  
Common Name Deergrass
Latin Name Muhlenbergia rigens
Family Poaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 7-24 / 9-11
Type / Form Grass / Clump
Native Habitat Mojave and Chihuahuan Deserts from 2,500 to 7,000 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, limestone, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Exposure Full sun to partial shade
Water None to twice per month in summer
Height X Width Maximum 5 X 5 feet, usual 3 feet to 4 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Blue-green, khaki when dormant
Flowers Lacy flowers in spring
Bark / Roots NA / Can be deep
Maintenance Little
Propagation Seeds, division
Pests and Diseases None
Landscape uses Erosion control, ground cover, container, low maintenance, foliage accent, background, parkways, specimen, beding
Garden Suitability Thornless, Songbird, Ethnobotanical
Ornamental Value Lacy flowers in spring, clump grass
Nature Value Bees use flowers, seeds eaten by birds
Native American Uses Basketry
Links  
    Images and data http://cals.arizona.edu/pima/gardening/aridplants/Muhlenbergia_rigens.html
    Images and data http://ag.arizona.edu/pima/gardening/aridplants/Muhlenbergia_rigens.html
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=MURI2
    Images and data http://www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/plantfinder/Plant.asp?code=Y300
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/73591/
    Images and data http://www.wnmu.edu/academic/nspages2/gilaflora/muhlenbergia_rigens.html
    Images and data http://www.anniesannuals.com/plants/plant_display.asp?prodid=695
    Images and data http://www.theodorepayne.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Muhlenbergia_rigens
    Images and data http://www.calflora.net/bloomingplants/deergrass.html
    Images and data http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?where-taxon=Muhlenbergia+rigens
    Images and data http://www.plantstogo.com/plantdescriptions/muhlenbergiarigens.htm
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhlenbergia_rigens
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Poaceae/Muhlenbergia_rigens.html
    Data http://www.theodorepayne.org/gallery/pages/M/muhlenbergia_rigens.htm
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=MURI2
    Nursery, images and data http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Muhlenbergia+rigens
    Nursery, images and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/446.htm
    Nursery Oak Hills Nursery, 13874 Ranchero Road, Oak Hills, 92345, 760-947-6261
   
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