Fiber Opticgrass An unusual tender perennial often grown as an annual, fiber opticgrass has a fine texture and low, mounding habit perfect for container gardens. Name: Isolepis cernua Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and moist soil Size: To 6 inches tall Zones: 10-11 (usually grown as an annual in colder Zones) Plant This Grass Because: It fits in small spaces and has an unusual appearance.
Fiber optic grass gets its common name from wiry grassy leaves, which resemble fiber optic wire. It can even grow in standing water, adding fine texture to a shallow water garden. Or create a mini palm tree effect by wrapping a plastic tube around the base of the plant for the "trunk," allowing leaf tips to arch out of the tube as palm "fronds."