Oplismenus hirtellus - Basket grass
About five to seven species of Oplismenus are native to warm regions around the world. This
species is native to Africa, North America, and South
America. It is not suitable as a turf grass but can spread rapidly
as a groundcover in a suitable site.
See this plant in shady, moist natural areas of campus.
Herbaceous perennial to about six inches tall. Flower spikes stand just above the foliage.
Light: part shade to shady
Water: moist soils
Soil: adaptable to a wide pH range
This native plant is rarely cultivated in Jacksonville. Where it grows naturally, it can develop into an attractive, low groundcover for shady sites.