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Eriochloa sericea (Texas cupgrass)
Strickland, Sam C.

Eriochloa sericea

Texas cupgrass

Poaceae (Grass Family)

USDA Symbol: ERSE5

USDA Native Status:


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

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From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Far South Wholesale Nursery - Austin, TX

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-JHJ-1 Collected 2009-05-24 in Hays County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Eriochloa sericea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Eriochloa sericea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Eriochloa sericea


Record Modified: 2010-08-09
Research By: NPC

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