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Graceful Grasses® Fiber Optic Grass Isolepsis (Scirpus) cernus

(10 REVIEWS)
Exposure
  • 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).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
14" 14"
Height
10 - 14"
Spread
10 - 14"
  • Details

    Features

    Consider me PLANT therapy.

    Bright green grasslike plant with small fluffy flowers at the stem tips

    Award Winner
    Adaptable As Houseplant
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Water Plant
    Grass: 
    Grass
    Native to North America

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Annual
    Height Category: 
    Short
    Garden Height: 
    10 - 14 Inches
    Spacing: 
    10 - 12 Inches
    Spread: 
    10 - 14 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    White
    Flower Shade: 
    White
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Green
    Habit: 
    Mounded
    Container Role: 
    Filler

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Summer
    Hardiness Zones: 
    8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Grass
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses Notes: 

    Perfect for containers, borders and beds

    Maintenance 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.

  • 10 Reviews

    • 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.

      Patricia Beutler
      Illinois
      United States
      1 year ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • 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.

      Patricia Beutler
      Illinois
      United States
      1 year ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • 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
      7 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • 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
      7 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • 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
      7 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • This plant does terriffic in a planter. Give it room to hang down the sides of a planter.

      Rebecca Adams
      Illinois
      United States
      8 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Sandra
      British Columbia
      Canada
      8 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • 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
      8 years ago
      Satisfactory Average performance, met expectations but not outstanding.
    • Brian
      Oklahoma
      United States
      8 years ago
      Satisfactory Average performance, met expectations but not outstanding.
    • Looked tremendous all summer & into the fall.

      Linda Sheridan
      New York
      United States
      8 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
  • 22 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2010 Top Performer Oklahoma State University Botanical Gardens
    2010 Top Performer Oklahoma State University Botanical Gardens
    2010 Top Performer Oklahoma State University Botanical Gardens
    2009 Leader of the Pack - Early Season North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2009 Top Performer - Late Summer Michigan State University
    2009 Top Performer University Laval
    2009 Top Consumer Choice - Spring University of Florida - Fort Lauderdale
    2009 Best of Breed - Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2009 Top Performer - Late Summer Michigan State University
    2009 Top Consumer Choice - Spring University of Florida - Fort Lauderdale
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