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Eriochloa sericea

Texas cupgrass

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Eriochloa sericea (Texas cupgrass)
Strickland, Sam C.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Inflorescence: Panicle
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: The flowers (florets) of grasses are often minute and therefore not visible to the naked eye.


Native Habitat: Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannahs, Woodlands edge, Opening

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Limestone-based, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay
Conditions Comments: Texas Cupgrass does not grow rhizomously, instead growing into bunches with tangled (but individual) roots attached to individual stalks. It prefers full sun.


Use Ornamental: Pocket prairie, Wildflower meadow
Use Wildlife: Cover, Seeds-Small mammals, Seeds-granivorous birds, Graze
Deer Resistant: High

Last Update: 2010-08-09