Fiber Optic Grass Isolepis Cernua is a tender perennial ornamental grass that belongs to the sedge family and native to many regions of the world, including North and South America. Fiber Optic Grass seeds germinate in 2-3 weeks, and also called Fairy Lights, Bullrush, Live Wire Grass, and Scirpus Cernuus this highly attractive ornamental grass is grown as a perennial in USDA zones 8-11 and as an annual in colder regions. Fiber Optic Grass grows about 8 inches tall forming dense tufts of tread-like, fresh-green leaves and flowering with silver-white to cream colored very small pin head like flowers. The flower spikes resemble "fiber optic" strands, and they appear throughout of season.
Fiber Optic Grass offers nice textural contrast with flowering plants, so this ornamental grass is ideal for adding texture to flower borders, mixed containers and pots, hanging baskets, and Live Wire Grass is considered to be an evergreen perennial plant when it is grown indoors, so that makes Fiber Optic Grass a popular houseplant. Since Scirpus Cernuus likes to grow in moist soil, the plant is often planted along ponds and grown in water gardens. Isolepis Cernua seeds need light to germinate, so after surface sowing the seeds cannot be covered with soil.
Height: 8 Inches
Bloom Season: Spring/Summer/Fall
Environment: Sun/Partial Shade
Soil Type: Average/Poor/Moist
USDA Zones: 8-11 (As Perennial) All Regions of North America (As Annual)
Sow Indoors: Winter
Sow Outdoors: Spring
Seed Depth: Surface sowing - press seeds slightly into the soil
Germination Time: 14-21 Days