Indian Ricegrass

$24.75
  • Scientific name: Orzhyopsis hymenoides
  • A widely adapted native grass
  • Drought tolerant, found on most range sites
  • Excellent in sandy, gravelly, and shallow soils
  • Valuable for domestic livestock and big game animals
  • Excellent source protein for upland game birds
  • Highly valued for wildlife habitat improvement
  • Widely used on disturbed sites, range mixes
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24in.

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A widely adapted native grass of the intermountain west. Drought tolerant and found on most range sites. Grows at elevations between 3,000 and 10,000 feet and adapted to a wide variety of soils. Most frequently occurs in sandy, gravelly, and shallow soils, frequently found in dunes. Valuable grass for domestic livestock and big game animals. Excellent food source of high protein food for upland game birds. Highly valued for wildlife habitat improvement, disturbed sites, mine reclamation and range mixes.

The state grass of Utah, Indian Ricegrass (Orzyopsis hymenoides) (aka Achnatherum hymenoides) is high in protein and was used by various indian tribes to make flour. It is one of the more widely adapted native grasses of the intermountain west rangelands. It is drought tolerant and found on most range sites. It grows at elevations between 3,000 and 10,000 feet and is dapted to a wide variety of soils. It most frequently occurs in sandy, gravelly, and shallow soils in the upland and semi-desert climatic zones and is frequently found in dunes. It does not do well on wet or poorly drained soils. It is also adapted to soils high in lime. It is moderately salt and alkali tolerant.

Indian Ricegrass (Orzyopsis hymenoides) is a key species on Utah foothills and semi-desert range. It is one of the more valuable grasses for domestic livestock and big game animals, providing excellent forage for spring and summer use. It is especially valuable for winter grazing because the plants cure well and lower plant parts remain somewhat green. Due to the abundance of plump, nutritious seed, it is an excellent food source for upland game birds, particularly mourning doves, pheasants and others. The seeds are high in protein.

Indian Ricegrass is a very valued and desired species for wildlife habitat improvement, disturbed sites, mine reclamation and range mixes.

Nezpar Indian Ricegrass: Desirable for physical plant characteristics and low seed dormancy. Very drought tolerant, establishes well on gravely/sandy soils on elevations above 5,000 ft. and north of 40 degrees latitude. Released 1978 by Washington PMC.

Rimrock Indain Ricegrass: Earlier seed shattering than Nezpar or Polama. Establish well on many adapted sites in the Great Basin and Intermountain. Does well in sandy soila averaging 10 -14 inches annual precip.  Released 1996 by MT PMC, Logan, UT ARS.

Paloma Indian Ricegrass: Very drought-tolerant, adapted to the south west.  Good seedling vigor, good forage, and long lived. Released in 1974 NM PMC and AES.

Synonyms: Oryzopsis hymenoides, Stipa hymenoides, Achnatherum hymenoides

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Indian Ricegrass

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Seeds per lb

162,000

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Bunchgrass

Sowing Rate

6-12 PLS lbs. per Acre

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6-9 Inches Minimum

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Fall, Spring

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