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Woodsgrass, Basketgrass
Oplismenus hirtellus subsp. setarius

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also a creeping groundcover in moist, shady areas.

Availability: Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.

Description: Small creeping herbaceous grass.

Dimensions: About 2-6 inches in height. Spreading and forming large, open or dense patches.

Growth Rate: Fast to moderate.

Range: 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.

Habitats: Moist forests.

Soils: Moist to wet, well-drained to moderately well-drained sandy, limestone, or organic soils, with humusy top layer.

Nutritional Requirements: 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: Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.

Drought Tolerance: Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.

Light Requirements: Light shade to moderate shade.

Flower Color: White.

Flower Characteristics: Inconspicuous.

Flowering Season: All year.

Fruit: Inconspicuous caryopsis.

Wildlife and Ecology: Larval host for Carolina satyr (Hermeuptychia sosbius) butterflies.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from division and seed.

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida

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In habitat, Tree Tops Park

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