Basket Grass

Oplismenus hirtellus ‘Variegatus’

Growing Zones 9-11
  • Height: 4-6″
  • Width: 8-12″
  • Spacing:  8-12″
  • Design Role:   Spiller
  • Location : Part sun to sun
  • Water: Average
  • Fertilizer:  Average
  • Growth Habit:  mounding trailing



This tropical grass is popular in hanging baskets with its tri-colored striped leaves in green, pink, and white. Use it as a striking accent in a mixed container or a window box. It hugs the ground as it spreads making a colorful ground cover for a warm area or conservatory, growing to a maximum height of 6 inches with a spread of 12 inches. Plant in sun for the best color, but it will also tolerate some shade. Keep moist. Treat as an annual in cold climates as it does not tolerate frost.