General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also a creeping groundcover in moist, shady areas.
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
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.
Map of suggested ZIP codes north to Indian River and Manatee counties.
Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.
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:
Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.
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
Can be grown from division and seed.