Muhlenbergia rigens, commonly called deer grass, is a clump-forming, cool season perennial grass which is native to the southwestern U.S. (California to Texas) and Mexico. Features slender gray-green leaves typically growing in a dense clump to 2-4' tall. Stems are initially erect, but begin to arch outward as the summer progresses producing an attractive weeping effect. Narrow purple to yellow flower spikes (color comes from the anthers) rise above the foliage clump in September-October to a height of 5-6'. Foliage turns the color of light straw in fall and clump may retain good color and form in milder winters. Dried leaves may be used in basketry.
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- Botanical Name: Muhlenbergia rigens
- USDA Zones: 6-9
- Water: Dry to medium
- Exposure: Full sun
- Mature Height: 3'-6'
- Mature Spread: 2'-3'
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