I have native Deergrass on my property, and it is very ornamental and pretty all year, growing both in my alpine rock garden and in the shade of my pinyon-juniper forest.
As I was uphill this morning gat
hering rocks for raised bed 8, the sun backlit the blooms and looked pretty. I also have one growing under the ppinyon-juniper tree just outside my new raised bed. Shifting the edge to include this lovely grass in my new bed. D
eer do not eat Deergrass, they like to lounge on it! I have an open west exposure that attracts deer to the warmth every winter, so when I get seed this year, I will take it over and seed that area. I have a fair amount of deer munchies uphill… time for bedding. B
esides deer bedding, Deergrass attracts birds with its seeds, and it also makes good cover for small mammals. It is a butterfly attractor when it is in bloom. F
irst Americans encouraged Deergrass, and burned areas to encourage it over other plants because they used the bloom stems in basket weaving. They also ate the seeds ground with other foods. A
ll Poaceae species have edible seeds. I started gathering the seeds of invasive foreign imported grasses on my 14 acres in Texas to discourage them in favor of my native prairie flowers and prairie grasses. It is generally recommended to never take more than 10% of seed from a wild population to ensure good reproduction. I rarely take even 1%. I was going for 100% on my foreign invaders! I hate to waste things, so I filled up Homer buckets with them and let the seeds drop to the bottom. I started eating the seeds, and they are tasty as well as nutritious. If you are sautéing onions for soup, add them in, makes them tastier.
When folks talk hunger in America, they are ignoring trillions of tons of grass seeds in this country. Free, no extra charge. Everywhere, even in cities. Corn, wheat, barley, are all grass seeds. So, Deergrass is a valuable plant in my foof forest and it is already here. Free, no extra charge.