The Dirty Gardener Native Rice Cutgrass
Leersia oryzoides is a species of grass known by the common name rice cutgrass.  It is a widespread grass native to Europe, Asia, and North America and present in many other regions, such as Australia, as an introduced species. This is a rhizomatous perennial grass growing to a maximum height between 1 and 1.5 meters. The leaves are up to about 28 centimeters long and have very rough, minutely toothed edges. The inflorescence is a loose, open array of wavy, hair like branches bearing rows of spikelets. Each spikelet is a flat fruit with a rough, bristly lemma without an awn, and no glumes. Some of the spikelet branches develop within the sheaths of the leaves and are cleistogamous. This grass is sometimes used for erosion control and restoring wetlands.
- Rice cutgrass is tall with wavy, hair-like branches
- Great for wetlands and other areas with moist soils
- Grows up to 5 feet tall
- Easy to grow, requires little maintenance and great germination rates