Texas cupgrass

Eriochloa sericea



Stems grow in large tufts. Bases of stems feel like lead pencils. The blades are soft and lax. The ligule is a dense ring of straight hairs. The pale seed head has rows of fuzzy seeds borne on very short, hairy stems. Seeds are set in cups with ring-like bases.

Texas cupgrass is a perennial, warm-season, native - 12 to 48 inches tall.

Good grazing for livestock. Fair grazing for wildlife.


Grows best on hills and ridges, mostly in protected, moist areas. Decreases with heavy grazing but will increase with proper use.