Ojai's Cluff Vista Park Scenes

Created 19 January 2006

This page last updated 1 February 2006

Scenes of Cluff Vista Park Deergrass Meadow

This page focuses entirely on the Deergrass Meadow garden within the park. See the other pages to see what else can be found at this unique small park.

The Deergrass Meadow occurs along the Ojai Avenue side of the park. Deergrass (Muhlenbergia rigens) is a large clumping native bunchgrass that occurs along streams and seasonally moist meadows in many areas throughout southern California. It extends north into coastal and Sierran central California (but not in the Great Valley), and north up the Sierra Nevada to Shasta County but not to the North Coast region of California (not north of Monterey County on the coast). It also is known from Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, and northern Mexico.

This plant is a good substitute in your garden for Pampas Grass (which grows much higher and is invasive) and other non-native bunchgrasses. It's leaves are slender and provide a very different, softer texture that other commonly used native bunchgrasses, such as Giant Wild Rye (Leymus condensatus), which is also found in the park.


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All photos copyrighted by David L. Magney 2005-2006

Links to other Cluff Vista Park pages

Cluff Vista Park Home Page
Cluff Vista Park Trellised Arbors Page
Cluff Vista Park Fountains Page
Cluff Vista Park Riparian Garden Page
Cluff Vista Park Deergrass Meadow Page
Cluff Vista Park Other Features Page

Photo of park from Ojai Ave. The Deergrass Meadow as seen from Ojai Avenue, provides an example of a mass planting to mimick a natural meadow. Deergrass can be "mowed" back severely at least once a year to remove dead leaves and flowering spikes.

Chief Peak from Deergrass Meadow Chief Peak is the prominant mountain peak as seen from the Deergrass Meadow at the park, with a young Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia) tree emerging from the meadow.

California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) can be found in the Deergrass Meadow. The California Poppy is the official state wildflower.

Here you can see how the Deergrass plants can be pruned back.

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