Perennial cool-season bunchgrass with very narrow, rolled leaf blades. It is native to western North America east of the Cascades from British Columbia and Alberta south to southern California, northeastern Mexico, and Texas. In the wild it typically grows 10-60 cm (4-24") tall and 20-30 cm (8-12") wide.
It grows in a variety of habitats from desert shrub up to ponderosa pine forests. It can live in soils from sand to clay, but it does particularly well in sand, where it is the dominant grass growing with sagebrush and may occur almost unmixed with other plants.
Indian ricegrass is an important food for livestock and for wild grazers such as bison, desert bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, pronghorns, and jackrabbits. For some of these species it is especially vital in late winter, as it produces green shoots earlier than other grasses. The seeds are heavily consumed by many rodents and birds, notably mourning doves.
This tough grass is known for its ability to reseed and establish itself on sites damaged by fire or overgrazing. Much germination occurs in years with wet Aprils. It is grown in xeriscapes—cultivars are available—and will become quite large if given sufficient space. The open, spangled appearance when in flower or fruit is very attractive, especially in backlight. The flower stalk is commonly used in dry flower arrangements.
Indian Ricegrass can be planted in the midground of your landscape, used as a filler between larger shrubs, or used to soften the edges of a walk as a border plant. Planted in mass, they can be used to create a desert meadow or as added interest in a cactus or agave garden. Will self-seed into the landscape.
Information source: wikipedia.org.
Genus - Oryzopsis
Species - Hymenoides
Common name - Indian Ricegrass
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 9
Height - 4-24" / 0.10 - 0.60 m
Spread - 8-12" / 0.20 - 0.30 m
Plant type - Perennial
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full sun
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Clay, Loam, Sand
Water requirements - Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Landscape uses - Filler between larger shrubs, to soften the edges of a walk as a border plant, to create a desert meadow, as added interest in a cactus or agave garden
Bloom season - May-July
Leaf / Flower color - Green / --
|Cool moist startification for 30-45 days or plant outside in the fall 1-2 mm deep.
Germination sometimes very prolonged. Be patient!