How to Grow Texas Cupgrass


Eriochloa sericea, or Texas cupgrass, is a grass that is generally grown on prairies, meadows and savannas in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Northern Mexico. It is a tall grass that can grow to a height of 3 1/2 feet. It blooms from April until October, although its blooms are difficult to see. It is an easy grass to care for because it can tolerate most soil and dry weather conditions.

Step 1

You can grow Texas cupgrass in almost any soil, including soils that are sandy, limestone-based and those containing clay. However, Texas cupgrass does need to be planted in a sunny area where animals are not grazing heavily. Too much grazing in the first year can prevent Texas cupgrass that is not established from surviving. Thereafter, Texas cupgrass should only be moderately grazed.

Step 2

Till the soil to loosen it about an inch and then rake in the seeds. Fewer than 40 percent of the seeds will germinate, so spread them liberally. If you don't own a seed drill, use a handheld or push seeder to sow your seeds more quickly.

Step 3

Water the area well and keep it moist until the grass is established. The grass can later tolerate dry conditions. Do water on occasion during hot, drought conditions.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden rake
  • Seeds
  • Water


  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • The Noble Foundation
Keywords: plant cupgrass, Eriochloa sericea, cupgrass grazing

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Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.