I have been growing fiber optic grass for a few years. It actually came up by itself in an area of my yard. I thought it looked pretty good, so I started transplanting where I wanted it. I live in the Suburbs of Chicago and it is not dying off in the winter. It also seeds and I have an abundance of new plants every year. It is really a trooper for me.
Graceful Grasses® Fiber Optic Grass Isolepsis (Scirpus) cernua
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Bright green grasslike plant with small fluffy flowers at the stem tipsAward WinnerAdaptable As HouseplantHeat TolerantDeadheading Not NecessaryWater PlantGrass:GrassNative to North America
CharacteristicsPlant Type:AnnualHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:10 - 14 InchesSpacing:10 - 12 InchesSpread:10 - 14 InchesFlower Colors:WhiteFlower Shade:WhiteFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Filler
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).Maintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Early SummerBloom Time:Mid SummerBloom Time:Late SummerHardiness Zones:8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10bWater Category:AverageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilUses:ContainerUses:GrassUses:LandscapeUses Notes:
Perfect for containers, borders and bedsMaintenance Notes:
Fiber Optic Grass is a neutral grass. Where temperatures get colder than 20 degrees F, the plants should be treated as annuals. Once the grass turns brown it can either be removed immediately or removed in the spring. It should not be expected to live through the winter and begin growing again in the spring.
In areas where winter temperatures remain above 20 degrees it should be considered a perennial and the following information should be useful. Evergreen or neutral grasses are usually plants that look like grasses but aren't actually classified as grasses, they are generally called grass-like plants.
Divide evergreen or neutral grasses and grass-like plants in spring only.
Evergreen grasses don't ever go dormant. Dividing plants wounds them to some degree. For evergreen grasses this wounding will really affect their ability to live through the winter.
584432211Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
Patricia Beutler, Illinois, United States, 6 years ago
I have one on a table by my front door and everytime I look at it I smile. My guests always comment about this plant - they also think its cute!kaye, 11 years ago
This plant does terriffic in a planter. Give it room to hang down the sides of a planter.Rebecca Adams, Illinois, United States, 12 years ago
Sandra, British Columbia, Canada, 12 years ago
I love the way this plant looks in my flower bed! Always gets a lot of attention from passers-by. Wish I'd brought it indoors in the Fall...it gets to be -30 and colder here in the winters. I'll have to buy a new bunch this Spring.Dawn, British Columbia, Canada, 12 years ago
Looked tremendous all summer & into the fall.Linda Sheridan, New York, United States, 12 years ago
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