Muhlenbergia rigens

Deer Grass

Plant Type: Grass
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Occasional
Height X Width: 4' X 3'
Santa Clara County Local: No
What do these mean?



Deer grass is arguably the most widely planted California native plant. It has that combination of characteristics that make for a great landscape grass: upright form, attractive foliage and flowers stalks, and adaptability. Also, deer grass does not spread readily by either seed or runners and so is not weedy. It looks best planted in sun or partial shade with adequate spacing. When grown in partial shade it may be planted with California fescue in the foreground to provide some height variation. Deer grass may be grown in shade, preferably bright shade, though it will grow more slowly. It requires little water once established. Like all ornamental grasses, the appearance of deer grass may be improved by coppicing during the fall.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: No
Attractive to Butterflies: No
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen