Botanical Name: Oryzopsis hymenoides
Common Name: Indian Rice Grass  
Plant photo of: Oryzopsis hymenoides
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Perennial, Grass


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color



Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Summer, Fall


Full, Half



Very Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Japanese, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Native Garden, Woodland


Accenting Features

Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Parking Strip, Walkways


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Filler, Mass Planting, Lawn Alternative, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

A Utah native. A graceful ornamental grass. A clumping grass with very narrow blades, green during the summer months and turning tawny in the autumn. Inflorescence are open panicles on long, graceful spikes. When it catches late day light, they nearly sparkle. Grows 12 to 18 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide. Seed eating birds love this grass.
Grow in full to part sun in a wide range of soil types, as long as it is well draining. Good choice for sandy or coarse soils. Very alkaline tolerant. Xeric once established. Also listed as Achnatherum hymenoides and Stipa hymenoides.