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Fiber-optic grass

Isolepis selections

Fiber-optic grass

How cool is this? This small grass has slender, bobbing blades with neat little ball-like seedheads at the end, inspiring its unlikely name: fiber-optic grass.

It's an eye-catching way of adding texture to small containers and the front of a border. It thrives in sun or shade, though it does love moist soil -- so much so you can grow it as a water-garden plant as long as you keep the crown above the water level. It grows well as an indoor plant, so you can also bring it in for year-round color.

Sun,Part Sun,Shade
Plant Type:
Plant Height:
To 12 inches tall
Plant Width:
To 8 inches wide
Bloom Time:
Not grown for its flowers
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Attractive Foliage,Tolerates Wet Soil,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Isolepis 'Live Wire' bears arching, rich green leaves on a 12-inch-tall mound.
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Plant It With

Give dwarf mounding snapdragons a delightful accent with fiber-optic grass.

Gerbera daisy

Because fiber-optic grass is a relatively small plant, pair it with gerbera daisy for a fun, textural contrast.


Most grasses grow best in sunny locations, but you can create excitement in shade by mixing fiber-optic grass and impatiens.