The grass of the deer is a perennial tufted 3 feet 2 feet towering over the plant. Muhlenbergia rigens looks like a small Pampas grass , but without the bad leaf cutting and aggressive planting.
Deer Grass – What is it
Deer grass grows on the banks of seasonal streams , along roadsides, or in ravines where runoff forms in winter. Use in dry stream beds, along roadsides, or along the edge of the street to reduce runoff. Much more useful than the Pampean grass due to its size.
Deer grass is native to the Santa Margarita Nursery Property. The original plants have been here for decades. It’s a bunch of grass, just like most California native grasses . Unfortunately, these grasses were also a favorite food of cattle brought to California by the Spanish, Mexicans, and Americans.
They were soon eaten into virtual extinction and basket makers who relied on reeds (the satin stalks of seed stalks) for the warp bundle found themselves unable to find enough grass to keep making baskets. A sixteen-inch basket required more than 1,500 stems.
Venison grass – Properties
These plants are fast. They will normally grow to maturity in a season or two . Give them sunshine and enough water to bring the rain down to 15 inches / yr after the first month of regular water. Commonly used to make baskets around ca. Indios Very easy and one of the few herbs that we recommend.
Muhlenbergia rigens tolerates sand, clay, and seasonal flooding. The color of the foliage is grayish green and the type is evergreen.
- Ph: 5.00 a 8.00
- Height [m]: 1.00 to 1.50
- Width [m]: 1.00 to 1.50
- Precipitation [cm]: 100.00 to 300.00
Attractive specimens of this naturally growing, churning grass can be found throughout the southwestern US and northern Mexico. Wherever it grows, it puts on quite a dramatic spectacle in late summer and fall when it explodes into action with spikes of slender, tan-colored flowers towering two feet above the foliage and gracefully arching outward.
The effect is especially surprising when several plants are grouped together. Despite spectacular blooms, deer grass is not known to re-seeding heavily and becoming invasive. Although it is possible for this herb to survive in full sun all summer without additional water, its appearance and performance are more satisfactory with regular watering. Poor, rocky, and alkaline soils will pose no problem for this hardy native if drainage is adequate.
- Light Needs: This herb loves full sun.
- Irrigation Needs: Once established, you only need occasional watering.
- Average Landscape Size: Will grow 3 to 5 feet tall and wide.
- Key Features: Native Arizona.
- Blooms: Creamy flower spikes during the summer.
- Poisonous: No.
August is a good month to prepare the garden for fall changes, whether you are doing a total makeover or replacing a few plants. Late October and November are the best months to plant almost all trees, shrubs, and perennials in the California garden, so now we can do our design, research individual plant species, and complete garden projects.
Deer grass grows quickly to three round, tall feet, reaching a mature size in about a year . When first planted, green leaves dominate, but over time a mixture of old and old green leaves is expected.
Some people cut venison grass each year in early summer to reduce the appearance of tan leaves, but it’s not necessary, and many more people just leave it alone and find that the mix of colors adds interest and beauty to the grass. deer.
Once a year, in late spring or summer, the deer shoots two to three foot tall shoots that are its flower and then seed stalks. These sway gently in the breeze, increasing interest in the garden during all seasons, and will last on the plant for several years if you don’t cut them. Due to its size and shape, deer grass is often used to add structure . Plant along a path, at the edges of the garden, or here and there to give the garden balance and weight.
Deer Grass – Uses
Due to its extensive root system, deer has multiple landscaping uses , including erosion prevention and riverbank stabilization. It also has the ability to remove chemicals from agricultural runoff, making it an excellent biological filter for particle removal and decomposition.
It would be difficult to find ways not to use deer grass in the garden. It thrives in full sun and well-drained soil, but does well with some shade and seasonal flooding. Deer pines en masse with other flowering natives, especially pollinator attractors, for a gentle, grassland wildlife sanctuary. You will want to leave plenty of space, at least a few feet between the plants, to appreciate the soft and gentle shape of the deer once it gets full.
If you prefer something simpler, use deer grass as a specimen. Its breezy texture can also be used to soften architectural succulents and Southwestern natives , without making the look too messy.
Deer grass is also a garden problem solver. Unstable stream banks and slopes can benefit from their root system.
Venison Grass – Benefits
Deer grass can withstand periods of drought. It often turns completely brown if there is enough stress due to the drought, but then places new green shoots once the water returns. As with many California plants, brown does not always mean “dead”; it can mean dormant summer or deciduous summer, a common survival strategy for climate-adapted plants.
Deer grass tolerates clay (water less often), alkaline or sandy, rocky soils. In very rich soils, deer grass can grow larger than average. As with most native California plants, do not fertilize the deer grass.
- Benefits and tolerances: drought tolerant; provides refuge for wildlife; birds eat seeds; tolerates urban conditions. Mature plants are deer resistant.
- Other benefits of deer grass are that it provides shelter for wildlife, is resistant to deer, and is very tolerant of urban conditions.
Deer grass can be found growing in many OFS landscapes, especially entrance and exit ramps. The widespread proliferation of deer grasses throughout the West is believed to be attributed to Native Americans, who used the flower stalks to make baskets and other storage containers.