Deer Grass

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Lush landscape filler and hardy native, Deer Grass is prized by growers for its resistance to the deer population! making it an ideal Ornamental Grass choice for cover in areas where deer are a problem. Deer Grass (Muhlenbergia rigens) is very attractive and is a great element for adding interest to your property without all the fuss, watering, and maintenance.

Much like Pampas Grass, Deer Grass is a hardy type of grass that develops gorgeous, showy plumes, often rising up to 2 feet or more above its dense clump of finely textured, spiky upright blades. This tufted foliage features narrow, pointy leaves that range in color from purple to light silvery green. Maturing to a nice 3-4 foot tall clump that can spread 4-5 feet wide!

Unlike Pampas Grass, however, Deer Bunchgrass has no sharp edges, so when you go to cut it back in the fall or winter, your hands will thank you for choosing the Deer Grass variety! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 11, you also won't see the aggressive seeding with Deer Grass that you might expect from Pampas Grass.

Planting and Application:

Considered to be one of the easiest warm-season Ornamental Grasses to grow among all the native Bunchgrasses, Deer Grass requires minimal green thumb power to survive and thrive. It adapts easily and readily to most soil conditions, although rocky and sandy soil seems to be its preference. Use as a backdrop to wildflower and pollinator gardens, around a pool seating area for seasonal screening, or as a tall back-of-the-border plant in the Rock Garden.

This Grass makes a beautiful addition to a driveway, street edge, or dry stream beds on your property, and it grows fast, maturing to its adult height in two seasons or less. Cover large areas en masse for easy-breezy fill and cover large areas of ground on hillsides and slopes where erosion and water runoff are an issue. Wildlife and birds will love the cover and flit from mound to mound when you plant Deer Grass in masses or in groupings.

  • Upright Green Fountains
  • Very Tough Native Ornamental Grass
  • Wide-Spreading For Maximum Coverage
  • Resilient & Deer Resistant Grass
  • Versatile Landscape Workhorse

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Ornamental Grasses like this prefer full sun, but Deer Grass can also tolerate some partial shade but plan on slower growth. Plant in well-drained soil of any type, as easy-care Deer Grass becomes well-established, it is drought-tolerant and requires little in the way of watering. Prune this warm-season grass back hard each spring and have patience while it greens up, typically showing growth later in the spring, only to shine throughout the summer and fall instead.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs - Xeric Native
  • Any Well-Drained Soil - Preferring Rocky/Sandy Soils
  • Prune Back in Early Spring
  • Easy To Grow & Low Maintenance

Whether you are living in Deer Country or not, Deer Grass will fill the landscape with easy-care hardiness, and tall vertical interest all growing season! Hurry and order your new garden backbones at!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Deer Grass Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-11
Growing Zones 5-11
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Muhlenbergia rigens
Type Perennial
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White/Purplish
Foliage Color Silvery Green
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring