Giant Cutgrass (Miliacea)

The Giant Cutgrass (Miliacea) is generally described as a perennial graminoid. This is native to the U.S. (United States) has its most active growth period in the spring and summer . The Giant Cutgrass (Miliacea) has green foliage and inconspicuous yellow flowers, with an abuncance of conspicuous yellow fruits or seeds. The greatest bloom is usually observed in the late summer, with fruit and seed production starting in the fall and continuing until winter. Leaves are not retained year to year. The Giant Cutgrass (Miliacea) has a moderate life span relative to most other plant species and a rapid growth rate. At maturity, the typical Giant Cutgrass (Miliacea) will reach up to 9 feet high, with a maximum height at 20 years of 0 inches.

The Giant Cutgrass (Miliacea) is easily found in nurseries, garden stores and other plant dealers and distributors. It can be propagated by container, seed. It has a moderate ability to spread through seed production and the seedlings have high vigor. Note that cold stratification is not required for seed germination and the plant cannot survive exposure to temperatures below 12°F. has none tolerance to drought and restricted water conditions.

Plant Basics
Growth Rate Rapid
General Type Graminoid
Growth Period Spring, Summer
Growth Duration Perennial
Lifespan Moderate
Plant Nativity Native to U.S.
Commercial Availability Routinely Available
Physical Characteristics
Bloom Period Late Summer
Displays Fall Colors Yes
Shape/Growth Form Rhizomatous
Drought Tolerance None
Shade Tolerance Intolerant
Height When Mature 9
Vegetative Spread Moderate
Flower Color Yellow
Flower Conspicuousness Yes
Fruit/Seed Abundance High
Fruit/Seed Seasonality Fall Winter
Seed Spread Rate Moderate
Gardening Characteristics
Propagations (Ways to Grow) Container, Seed
Moisture Requirements High
Cold Stratification Required No
Minimum Temperature 12
Soil Depth for Roots 16
Toxic to Nearby Plants No
Toxic to Livestock No
After-Harvest Regrowth Rate Rapid
After-Harvest Resprout Ability No
Responds to Coppicing No
Growth Requirements
pH Range 5.6–6.8 pH
Precipitation Range 35–35 inches/yr
Planting Density 0–0 indiv./acre
Soil Textures Coarse, Fine, Medium
Soil Depth for Roots 16
Minimum Frost-Free Days 120 day(s)
Salinity Tolerance None
CaCO3 Tolerance None
Sustainability & Use
Leaf Retention No
Palatability Low
Fire Resistant No

Source: USDA, NRCS, PLANTS Database,
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA