Curculigo capitulata - Palm grass
About forty species of Curculigo
are native to Asia. One Curculigo species is used for its fibers and palm grass is used as
a medicine in China.
In the United States,
palm grass is used as an ornamental garden plant. It has an underground stem
with wide leaves that arch up from the ground. Leaves may grow to about three
feet tall. Clusters of yellow flowers are produced at the leaf bases close to
See plants at University Center.
Herbaceous plant with leaves about three feet tall.
Light: part shade to shade
Water: moist, well-drained soil
This plant seems to be at or near its northern limit in Jacksonville. It survives
winter lows in the high teens to mid-twenties by dying to the ground and
resprouting in the spring.