General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also a creeping groundcover in moist, shady areas.
Small creeping herbaceous grass.
About 2-6 inches in height. Spreading and forming large, open or dense patches.
Fast to moderate.
Southeastern United States west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland; West Indies, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Old World.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Moist to wet, well-drained to moderately well-drained sandy, limestone, or organic soils, with humusy top layer.
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.
Light shade to moderate shade.
Wildlife and Ecology: Larval host
for Carolina satyr
(Hermeuptychia sosbius) butterflies.
Can be grown from division and seed.