This plant, also called " cut grass " and falsc rice, is a native of the Levant, and its classical name was given to it by Leers, a German botanist. It grows very commonly in wet, swampy places, and has stems from two to three feet high, spreading with rough, slender branches, and narrow or long leaves. The florets are oval and white, and they are seen in the month of August. It is a beautiful grass, and is cultivated to some extent in the South, where they cut it several times in a season, and make from it a valuable hay. In the northeast it is regarded as a weed, and is destroyed by thorough draining, moisture being a necessary of its existence.
This article was originally published with the title "Rice Grass" in Scientific American 13, 10, 75 (November 1857)