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Deer Grass

Muhlenbergia rigens

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Perennial bunchgrass
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Moderate
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Wind Pollinated
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
4' × 4'
Freeze Tolerant Yes
Flowering Season July-October
Flower Color Cream-pink
Minimum Temperature Range 0-10 °F
Leaf Description Very long and narrow
Fruit Inconspicuous.
In years
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Elevation Range 3000-8500 ft.
Description This is one of Arizona's most spectacular grasses. Its usual habitat in the wild is in the bottom of mountain washes in the oak/juniper belt. With a little shade and some supplemental water it can perform quite well even in arid desert gardens. When moderately watered this grass is usually less than 3 feet tall, but in good conditions can reach 4 feet.