Plants of the UNF Campus

Thysanolaena maxima - Tiger grass
Family Poaceae


A single species of Thysanolaena is native to Asia. Tiger grass grows in a dense clump. In warmer climates, stalks grow as high as ten feet tall. It resembles a short, wide-leafed bamboo. Reportedly, its flower spikes have been used to make brooms.


See this plant at the southwest corner of building 15.


Herbaceous plant with stems to ten feet tall.

Care Instructions:

Light: part shade

Water: some drought tolerance when established

Soil: very adaptable

Tiger grass is not commonly grown in northeast Florida gardens. It is evergreen to the high 20’s F. In a colder winter, it may die to the ground and recover the next spring.