A showy grass with an attractive weeping form. Purple to yellow flower spikes rise 5-6’ above the mounded of foliage. It would make a beautiful accent plant and is tough enough to withstand the harsh conditions and reflected light along driveways and paths. The movement of the foliage is beautiful in a patio container.
Provides food and nesting material for birds
It's a wintering site for butterflies and ladybugs
Extensive root system, used for erosion control
Tolerates extremely hot, dry and rocky situations
Straw colored, arching leaves attractive all winter
The native range of the grass extends north into Shasta County, California, and south into New Mexico, Texas and Mexico. There it inhabits a wide range of ecotypes including grassland, riparian, chaparral, mixed conifer, and oak woodland communities. Deergrass can grow in areas with periodic flooding, but cannot tolerate standing water and poorly drained soils. It prefers full sun but is shade-tolerant.
Deergrass was important to Native American's who used the long seed stalks for making coiled baskets. Each basket could required up to 3000 stalks and is believed to be the driving force behind this plant's early cultivation.
Deer Grass flourishes in full sun and difficult reflected heat exposures. It even tolerates quite a bit of shade. It is extremely drought tolerant, although the foliage browns if adequate water is not available during the summer. Water newly planted deer grass every three days for a month, then weekly through the first summer. Water established plants every 2-3 weeks in summer. Rely on rainfall in the winter.