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Plants of the UNF Campus

Curculigo capitulata - Palm grass
Family Hypoxidaceae


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 the ground. 


See plants at University Center.


Herbaceous plant with leaves about three feet tall.

Care Instructions:

Light: part shade to shade

Water: moist, well-drained soil

Soil: adaptable

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.