Japanese Stilt Grass, Nepalese Browntop, Chinese Packing Grass

Microstegium vimineum

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Microstegium (my-kroh-STEEJ-ee-um) (Info)
Species: vimineum (vim-IN-ee-um) (Info)


Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Water Requirements:

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Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Full Shade


This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cuddebackville, New York

Raleigh, North Carolina

Springfield, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:


On May 19, 2018, NanaPam02 from Raleigh, NC wrote:

Small light green leaves on a highly invasive plant. Saw it in a few of the neighbor's yard taking over flower beds and grassy areas. Then found it in mine. I've read articles on how to remove it even to using Roundup to no avail. I've keep it cut close in areas that are mowed. I can't keep it pulled out of flowers beds. Am not as young as I used to be so being on my knees is not always good. Am grateful to the comment on when to pull them but wish there was a product we could use to kill it but not harm plants.


On Feb 14, 2011, Sermoneta from Cuddebackville, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

This horrible plant grows all over the place on our property in western Orange County in NY state. I have spent hours spraying with Roundup, trying to plant other things, and I am delighted to read Jesup's (Malvern, PA) comments which are most helpful.


On Dec 27, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Japanese Stilt Grass, Nepalese Browntop, Chinese Packing Grass Microstegium vimineum is naturalized in Texas and other States and is considered an invasive plant in Texas.


On May 9, 2004, jesup from Malvern, PA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Horribly invasive grass. Spreads both by above-ground rhizome and seed. Some of this information comes from The Nature Conservancy's paper on it.

Loves disturbed soil. Able to displace native wetland and forest understory vegetation with its dense, expanding monospecific patches. Once established, the removal of M. vimineum requires major eradication and restoration efforts. Likes low-light levels unlike many other grasses (5-50%).

Manual or mechanical techniques may be the best method for controlling M. vimineum, since it is a shallowly-rooted annual. Hand pulling, however, is extremely labor-intensive, is feasible only for small infestations, and will need to be repeated and continued at least seven years to exhaust the seed supply in the seed bank. Mo... read more