Indian Ricegrass Seeds

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Indian ricegrass produces graceful ivory-colored seed heads and sage-green foliage for an airy, ornamental appeal. The dramatic seed head display lasts all summer. This native, cool-season grass is highly drought tolerant. A fibrous root system provides excellent erosion control. Ricegrass is a larval host plant of skippers and attracts a variety of wildlife. (Oryzopisis hymenoides)
Zones 3 - 9
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Good For Erosion Control
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height 12-24" tall

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information
1-2’ tall and 1-2’ wide. Native to dry grasslands and Western deserts, Indian ricegrass is an ideal grass for low-water landscapes. A bunching-type grass, plant in groups for visual impact. Use Indian ricegrass to stabilize slopes and wash outs while providing native beauty. Plants are adaptable to a wide range of soils, but not tolerant of poor drainage or periods of flooding. Indian ricegrass provides forage for elk and deer as well as livestock, and is an important rangeland forage. Seeds are eaten by songbirds and small mammals which also find cover among the foliage. Use dried seed heads in floral arrangements. Plants are slow growing and need space to establish. Can be mowed to 8 inches in early fall.
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Associated SKUsAM016050
AM012324 (1 Pound)
AM012325 (5 Pounds) - Out of stock.
AM012326 (10 Pounds) - Out of stock.
AM012327 (1/4 Pound)
AM015551 (1/2 Pound)
AM015552 (25 Pounds) - Out of stock.
AM015553 (50 Pounds) - Out of stock.
Botanical Name
Oryzopsis hymenoides
Common Name
Indian Ricegrass
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Seed Life Cycle
Mature Height
12-24" tall
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Wildflower Mix or Specie
Grass Type
Cool Season
Seeds Per Pound
Seeding Rate: 10 lbs. per Acre, 5 lbs. per 1/2 Acre, 1 lb. per 4,000 Square Feet
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Sandy Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average
Neonicotinoid Free
Native To
Western North America
Native, Groundcover, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Good For Erosion Control
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Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada
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