Zoysia japonica

Common name: Korean Lawn Grass Family: Gramineae
Author: Steud. Botanical references: 58, 200, 266
Synonyms: Zoysia pungens japonica, Zoysia pungens (non Willd.), Osterdamia japonica
Known Hazards: None known
Range: E. Asia – China, Japan, Korea.
Habitat: Sunny slopes in mountains and hills all over Japan58.
Edibility Rating (1-5): 1 Medicinal Rating (1-5): 0
Other Possible Synonyms: From various places across the web, may not be correct. See below.
Osterdamia matrellaG Z. matrellaG,P
Other Common Names: From various places around the Web, may not be correct. See below.
Korean Temple Grass B, Korean Templegrass P, Manila Templegrass P,
Systematics: From a UDSA Plants Database
Order: Cyperales. Renamed to Poaceae — Grass family

Physical Characteristics

An evergreen perennial growing to 0.2m. . It is in leaf all year, in flower from June to August, and the seeds ripen from June to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Wind. We rate it 1/5 for edibility and 0/5 for medicinal use.

The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and requires well-drained soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It requires moist soil.

Habitats and Possible Locations

Lawn, Cultivated Beds.

Edible Uses

Seed; Stem.


177. No more details are given. Stem bases177. No more details are given.

Medicinal Uses

None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Requires a sunny position in a well-drained soil. Frequently cultivated in warm temperate zones as a lawn grass58, 200. Plants are hardy to about -10°c and succeed outdoors in many parts of Britain200.


Seed – surface sow in spring in a greenhouse. Germination should take place within 2 weeks, prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring.