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‘Ahu‘awa  - Mariscus javanicus -CYPERACEAE
(Indigenous in Hawaii and other tropical locations, native to Africa and Asia)

Mariscus
                                  javanicus

LIFE FORM:   Sedge-like, bunching or clumping blades to 3ft long

ELEVATION RANGE: 0-500 ft natural range, persists and seeds slower at higher elevations to 2,600 ft.

ENVIRONMENT:   Boggy, marsh or wet ground at edge of rivers, reservoirs, occasionally flooded areas w/ soil.

Why grow this?


‘Ahu‘awa is a fibrous plant, used in some cultures for its usefulness in making cordage.  

While it looks like many weedy pasture grasses, this bunch grass, as well as others such as lemongrass, are somehow useful.   Use this plant to replace weeds, around water or seasonally flooded features in landscaping. 

 Mariscus javanicus


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