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Leersia oryzoides

Rice Cutgrass

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Leersia oryzoides (Rice Cutgrass)

Rice Cutgrass is a creeping perennial with flat, pale yellowish-green leaves that have rough edges. Its inflorescence is usually enclosed within a cowl-like sheath at first, and the branches when they emerge are wavy. This species flowers from August to October and has a habit of climbing over other plants on the river banks and ditches where it is found. It seems to tolerate quite acid conditions but needs stagnant or slow-moving water with a regular seasonal rainfall or water-level rise.

Additional Information:

24-36 Inches


12-18 Inches


Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Marsh Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), Marsh Blazing Star (Liatris spicata)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation


Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture


Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map