Zoysia tenuifolia

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 Zoysia tenuifolia subsp. var.  Korean velvet grass, Mascarene grass, Fine-Leaf Manila Temple Grass
Habit: grass
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Height: 1 in to 2 in
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Lifespan: perennial
Origin: SE Asia
Exposure: sun
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USDA Zones: 6 to 10
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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Zoysia tenuifolia, Willd. Mascarene Grass. Velvet-Grass. Lvs. thread-like, finer than in the other species. Forms a beautiful turf resembling that of red fescue. Native of the Mascarene Isls. Intro. into the U. S. from Guam in 1912. Used in Calif. where it is called velvet-grass, and along the Gulf Coast.

The name velvet-grass describes it very aptly as it looks like dark green velvet. It grows so thickly that it will smother out any other plant, even Bermuda- or "devil"-grass. Even if frozen off it will come up from roots. It needs little water, no cutting, will run out all other plants, will not become a pest as it sets no seeds in California, and is lovely in appearance. It is so fine that it may be pulled into thousands of pieces to the square foot and every little piece will grow, so that a small quantity will plant a large area.

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Grass. Very slow-growing. creeping. Spreads by rhizomes underground. Low-growing. ground cover forms clumps/mounds. 2 in (5 cm) long leaves are dark green and short, fine and wiry. Narrow oblong little spikes flowers, green, to 2 in (5 cm) long come in late summer.

More information about this species can be found on the genus page.



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