Pharus lappulaceus

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Creeping Leafstalk Grass


Also known as Pharus glabra

Plant Specifics

Size:About 3ft tall.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:
Phenology:Blooms April-September.
Noted for:Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Humus (organic, upland), Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:Calcareous



Likely dispersed by birds or mammals (

Native Habitats:Limestone influenced hammocks including Indian mounds.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

Listed as Endangered in Florida.  Also found in Central and South America and parts of the Caribbean.

This species has only recently begun to be cultivated in Florida.  Expect this information to be upgraded as more is learned.  Right now the only native nursery that we know of that is growing this species is Green Isles Gardens near Clermont, FL.