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Leersia monandra - Bunch Cutgrass
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: Southern States (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Yellow/Chartreuse Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Green
Bloomtime: Year-round
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Leersia monandra (Bunch Cutgrass) A North American perennial bunchgrass that forms clumps 1 to 2 feet tall with narrow culms holding soft textured light lime green narrow 6 to 12 inch long leaves. Rising above the foliage year-round and are the erect and delicately branched inflorescences with panicles of small spikelets. Plant in coastal sun or shade and irrigate regularly to only occasionally - considered to be fairly dry growing in the shade and has a good tolerance to poor and limey soils. Quite hardy and tolerant of cold temperatures to below 0 F. Bunch Cutgrass is noted as being low maintenance, disease free and tolerating deer predation, though its reduction in native range has been blamed on over grazing by cattle. With its unique translucent light green leaves, can really brighten up a dry shady spot in the garden. This plant grows naturally in dry rocky limestone soils in open woods, grasslands and shaded slopes from Texas and Florida south to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. It is closely related to Rice (Oryza sp.) and was named to honor the German botanist Johann Daniel Leers. The species was first described in 1788 Sweedish Botanist Olaf Swartz from plants collected in Jamaica with the specific epithet from the Greek words 'monos' mean "one" or "alone" and 'andros' meaning "a man" or "only one man" in reference to the flower having only one anther. Other common names used for this grass include Cut-Rice Grass, Canyongrass and Cedar Whitegrass. Our thanks to John Greenlee, Robert Abe and Lane Goodkind who all had a hand in getting this attractive grass to us.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We also try to incorporate comments received from others and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Leersia monandra.
 
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