Native Grasses are great for Habitat Restoration

INDIAN RICEGRASS

Indian Ricegrass is very appetizing to livestock and wildlife. It is a favorite feed for cattle, horses and elk year around. During spring and late fall it is the preferred staple for sheep, deer and antelope. The nutrient value is well maintained at maturity; however, it is not considered a hay species.

This species of grass is ideal for stabilizing areas that are prone to wind erosion. Areas that receive an annual rainfall of 8 to 14 inches make the Indian Ricegrass desirable for reclamation projects.

The forage value of this grass makes it an excellent food source for morning doves, pheasants and songbirds. Rodents collect the plump nutritious seed for winter storage. Ricegrass is an excellent cover habitat for small animals and birds.

The attractive seed heads make it an excellent choice for roadside and campground beautification projects in areas with low annual rainfall.
It is generally found in western United States on dry and loamy-sandy-gravelly type sites at altitudes from 2,000 to 10,000 feet.

Indian Ricegrass is short lived and propagates via seed distribution. It is not an invasive specifies. Indian Ricegrass is self-pollinated.

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