Utah State Grass - Indian Ricegrass
Indian ricegrass, Achnatherum hymenoides, a native perennial bunchgrass, was officially recognized as the Utah State Grass in 1990 (Utah Code). The Society for Range Management's Utah Section began campaigning for a state grass in the mid-1980s and after studying many species the field was narrowed to four candidates: Indian racegrass, bluebunch wheatgrass, galleta grass, and Great Basin wildrye. Indian ricegrass was then selected as the favorite. The state grass bill was introduced by Senator Alarik Myrin, a member of the Society, in 1989. It was also adopted as Nevada's state grass in 1977.
This grass is a fine addition to any xeriscape and will grow quite large if given the room. The open, spangled appearance when in flower or fruit is very attractive, especially in backlight. In the past, the grass was used as a food staple by the Indians especially when the corn crop failed. Seed of the ricegrass was gathered and ground into meal or flour and made into bread.
Utah's Indian Ricegrass
- Achnatherum hymenoides: Indian Rice Grass (Water-Wise Plants for Utah Landscapes, Governor's Water Conservation Team)
- Indian Ricegrass (Range Plants of Utah, Utah State University Cooperative Extension)
- Oryzopsis hymenoides (Utah Native Plant Index, Utah State University)
Learn more about Indian Ricegrass
- Achnatherum hymenoides (Germplasm Resources Information Network, Agricultural Research Servicem, United States Department of Agriculture)
- Achnatherum hymenoides: Indian Rice Grass (The PLANTS Database, Natural Resources Conservation Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture)
- Achnatherum hymenoides: Indian Rice Grass (Native Plant Database, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, University of Texas at Austin)
- Plant Guide: Indian Ricegrass, Achnatherum hymenoides: Indian Rice Grass (The PLANTS Database, Natural Resources Conservation Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture)