(Achnatherum hymenoides); aka Indian Millet; fall planted
Indian ricegrass is a medium short (2.5 feet) bunchgrass with seeds that are traditionally used in place of rice amongst peoples of the Old World and their descendants. It prefers well-drained, sandy soil. Easy to thresh seeds develop on open, feathery panicles. Covered in short hairs that are removed by parching, seeds are typically ground into meal that is enjoyed as porridge or baked in breads.
Because plants are drought and cold tolerant, together with the nutritious nature of their seeds, Indian Ricegrass makes a good winter forage crop for livestock.