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Leersia monandra (Cut rice grass)
Leander, Bruce

Leersia monandra

Leersia monandra Sw.

Cut Rice Grass, Bunch Cutgrass

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Homalocenchrus monandrus


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N)

Cut rice grass is a native bunchgrass that tolerates shade, low water, and poor soil. The foliage is a light lime green and has a soft texture. Cut rice grass is deer resistant as well as being disease and maintenance free. This bunchgrass is uncommon in the Edward's Plateau although it is common in the eastern third of the Untied States. In the Hill Country it generally occurs near intermittent waterways and/or in protected canyons. This bunchgrass generally grows on slopes and can form large colonies by stolonizing to form a monoculture.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Texture: Papery
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable



Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Drought Tolerance: High
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes


Use Ornamental: Nice ornamental shade grass
Interesting Foliage: yes
Deer Resistant: High


Propagation Material: Seeds

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1001 Collected 2007-01-11 in Comal County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2021-07-14
Research By: Sean Watson

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