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Chrysopogon zizanioides (variegated)

Family Name: Poaceae (Gramineae)
Common Name: Variegated Vetiver Grass
Full Sun: 6-8h Lots of Water Ornamental Foliage Grass & Grass-like Plant


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Grass & Grass-like Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution India
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Waterlogged Soils
Landscape Uses Riverine, Flowerbed / Border, Groundcover, Slope Stabilization

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Lots of Water
Propagation Method Seed


Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Alternate, Spiral
Foliar Venation Parallel
Foliar Apex - Tip Acute
Foliar Base Clasping

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality 1 Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) Purple
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Terminal
Inflorescence Type Panicle

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Master ID 30674
Species ID 4983
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Species record last updated on: 15 October 2021.