Leersia oryzoides (Rice Cut Grass) is a versatile grass that can be found commonly in many wetland types preferring a site that tends to be more disturbed. This species is an indispensable plant in the ecosystem restoration toolbox. Is particularly helpful in wetlands to initially fill in areas and compete against invasive species. It is also extremely valuable to stabilize scour areas of stream and river banks. Aptly named, it is not kind on human skin or likely many other animals skin, fur, or grazing mouths. The "cut" is likely the plant's defense mechanism to prevent it from being eaten.
- Sun Exposure Prairie/Savanna
- Soil Conditions Wet, Wet Mesic
- Height 3'-4'
- Flower Time June, July, August
- Bloom Color Green
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Stefan.lefnaer [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]