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Indian Ricegrass, Oryzopsis hymenoides is a gorgeous native bunch grass. It is delicate looking, but it withstands the heat, cold, and ferocious winds of the desert. This is a drought tolerant slender grass which can grow up to 24 inches high
It is highly palatable to livestock, both while green in spring and dried in late summer so be careful where you plant this one. It will not tolerate shade or poor drainage.
Indian Ricegrass seed was once used by Native Americans for grinding into meal or flour to make bread.
USDA Zone(s): 4-9
Blooming Period: Spring
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, no clay soils.
Water Usage: Xeric once established
Collection elevation: 3300 feet
Location: San Bernardino County