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Leersia virginica

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Plant types and subtypes: Grasses

Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: average, loam, clay

Height: 1'-3'

Bloom Time: July, August, September

Bloom Color: green

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Additional Tags: naturalizing, pond margin plant, shade garden plant, stream margin plant, woodland plant

Leersia virginica (whitegrass)
  • Leersia virginica (whitegrass)

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Description

Leersia virginica

Also known as:

whitegrass

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Scientific Synonyms:

Homalocenchrus virginicus, Leersia virginica var. ovata

Description

Leersia virginica is a sender woodland cutgrass, that grows to to a height of 1 to 2', with the seed spikelets topping off at 3'. Sometimes confused with the exotic invasive Japanese stiltgrass, it is easy to identify because it lacks the prominent shiny central vein.

Cultivation

Whitegrass is one of the few grasses that is adapted to shade. It can easily be grown in deciduous woodland, under moist to mesic conditions. It also does well exposed to part-sun, if planted in an area that remains consistently moist or even wet. It spreads primarily by rhizomes and is not an aggressive species. It is a good filler plant for a woodland garden, or as a fine-textured addition to a stream margin. Zones 4-9

Propagation

Propagate by division, or by seed.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Cyperales
Family Poaceae Grass family
Genus Leersia cutgrass
Species Leersia virginica whitegrass