Oplismenus setarius

bristle basketgrass

Poaceae (Gramineae)

Synonyms:  Oplismenus hirtellus subsp. setarius


Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: grass
Life Span: short-lived perennial
Size: Height: 0.3 ft    Width: spreading many
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: This is a low groundcover that can be effective seasonally in shady locations.
Considerations: Unfortunately, this low growing gras is not visible during winter-spring, so its use is somewhat restricted to areas where this is not an issue.
Propagation: Division, seed.
Availability: Seed, Friends
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: Acidic to neutral


Native Habitats: Moist sites. Shade. Moist hammocks.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

There is potential name confusion with this species since it was formerly considered to be a subspecies of O. hirtellus (Oplismenus hirtellus subsp. setarius) The Florida Plant Atlas indicates that Oplismenus setarius is common in Florida. O. hirtellus (not the subspecies) has been documented from only one Florida county, and it is a non-native.