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Zoysia Tenuifolia - Korean Velvet Grass

Also known as No Mow Grass

(Zoysia tenuifolia)

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  • Zoysia Tenuifolia - Korean Grass - Free Post Aust-Wide
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  • Delivered Direct To Your Door via Express Post
  • Normally Express Posted Same Day  (Due to Covid we only post on Mondays and Tuesdays - We will post as late as Wednesday for Sydney Orders) 
  • Tracking Available for all Deliveries
  • Your Zoysia Plants will be sent 'bare rooted' to save on postage costs
  • The Larger the quantity purchased, the lower the Per Pot Price
  • Interested in a Bulk Buy Price? Call us on 0410 663135  
  • We can also supply Zoysia tenuifolia in Plant Trays
  • You can use your Credit Card, or PayPal to make your purchase, or email us for our Bank Details sales@tranquilhavens.com.au
  • You can also Contact us if Larger Quantities Are Required
  • We can also supply in pots if you prefer (See Menu)
  • Visit our Zoysia Care Blog for hints on how to Care for Zoysia tenuifolia

  • Covid-19 Update - Our groundcovers are very hardy and travel really well. Whilst we are yet to experience any significant delays or failed deliveries due to Covid-19, we cannot guarantee 100% that your order will be delivered on time, or even without a significant delay.
    All Online Nurseries have been effected by Covid-19, and Tranquil Havens is no exception. We are all in the same boat when it comes to plant deliveries.
    In saying that, we have been less impacted than most, due to the fact that we utilise Express Postage and or Next Day Delivery Couriers for all of our orders.
  • We are not permitted to send to WA, NT or TAS due to quarantine laws
Petting Grass

5 x 100mm Pots


$55.00 inc. GST

No Mow Grass

5 x 125mm Pots


$58.00 inc. GST

No Mow Grass

10 x 100mm Pots


$90.00 inc. GST

Ground cover

10 x 125mm Pots


$99.00 inc. GST

Bump Grass

20 x 100mm Pots


$179.00 inc. GST

Korean No Mow Grass

20 x 125mm Pots


$197.50 inc. GST

Ornamental Grasses

50 x 100mm Pots


$433.00 inc. GST

Korean No Mow Grass

50 x 125mm Pots


$489.00 inc. GST

Snake Grass

100 x 100mm Pots


$860.00 inc. GST

Zoysia Grass

100 x 125mm Pots


$977.00 inc. GST


What is Zoysia Tenuifolia?

Zoysia tenuifolia is fast becoming Australia's favourite 'No Mow' Grass. It forms fluffy, moss-like mounds and makes an ideal groundcover for Japanese / Balinese Gardens, Rockeries and Fairy Gardens.

Zoysia is perfect for use between Pavers or Stepping Stones or as a Feature Plant in a Large Pots. It's Fine, Dark Green leaves and Dense Undulating habit makes it ideal candidate for weed control when planted en-mass. It's wavy appearance makes it a fantastic architectural plant.

Zoysia tenuifolia is native to Asia, and is named after botanist  Karl von Zois. Karl von Zois zu Laibach was a Carniolan amateur botanist and plant collector. He is best known today as the namesake of zoysiagrass, which was named by Carl Ludwig Willdenow in 1801. The bellflower Campanula zoysii is also named after him.

A warm-season grass, its deep root system allows it to tolerate drought better than many other turf grasses. It is also tolerant of shade, cold and foot traffic.

Zoysia tenuifolia is thought to originate from the Mascarene Islands. Zoysia tenuifolia is also referred to as Mascarene grass.

Zoysia tenuifolia is known by many Common Names including;

  • Korean Velvet Grass
  • No Mow Grass
  • Mascarene Grass
  • Temple Grass
  • Minmow Grass
  • Petting Grass

Zoysia Tenuifolia is mainly utilised as a ground cover in Oriental Gardens, among rocks and ponds, and makes a spectacular architectural specimen as it can also grow over rocks and other structures in the garden. It is also used to great effect when planted between pavers.

Anyone who has visited the Hunter Valley Gardens will tell you, the Zoysia tenuifolia looks absolutely magnificent in the oriental setting.

The Oriental Garden draws its influence from primarily Japanese and Korean gardens and is a place of harmony, balance and serenity.

With the one of the largest lawns of Zoysia tenuifolia (Korean Velvet Grass) in Australia, some of the other flowers and plants include; Cloud Trees which are a native Lilly Pilly species, Syzygium australe “Tiny Trev” and “Bush Christmas”, Salvia, Liriope along with various topiaries which are created using Buxus japonica or Japanese Box. The stunning Japanese Iris or Iris ensata grows along the water’s edge producing stunning purple/blue flowers. Make sure you don’t miss the superb late Winter and Spring display of Azaleas, Camellias and Magnolias.

This garden is precisely trimmed and manicured with natural curves making it flow among its surroundings.

One of its main features is a two-story traditional Japanese pagoda surrounded by natural Australian granite. The pond is home to many colourful and beautiful Koi.

One of the best places to view the Oriental Garden is from the top of the Italian Grotto, one of the most stunning vantage points in Hunter Valley Gardens.

Here is an article written about Zoysia in the Sydney Morning Herald   Zoysia Makes a Brilliant Green Nomow Lawn. Written by Robin Powell, this article sings the praises of Zoysia tenuifolia. Robin describes Zoysia and mentions Tranquil Havens and my good self:

"Keen gardener Graeme Fraser saw it there (Hunter Valley Gardens) in 2009 and loved its free-form, free-flowing look. So when he found it impossible to buy for his own garden, he made a ‘‘note to self: business opportunity".

He launched Tranquil Havens (tranquilhavens.com.au), an online nursery selling Dwarf Mondo and Zoysia, his true love, by mail-order. Graeme says his success, despite his lack of horticultural experience, is a guarantee to other gardeners of the plant’s adaptability. It grows in sun and shade, only complains if left in soggy soil, and is not particularly expensive.

"If you fancy a brilliant emerald green lawn that doesn’t need mowing, mossy-looking landscapes without the challenge of growing moss, and softness so alluring you can’t keep your hands off it, meet Zoysia tenuifolia. It is the plant set to become this decade’s mondo grass."                                                                                           Robin Powell - Sydney Morning Herald 

Visit Robin's Blog

Check out Robin's SMH Articles - Sydney Morning Herald Columnist

Zoysia Tenuifolia - "One of the 5 Must-Have Plants for Sydney"

Other Zoysia Grass related Articles

Here is an article by Ivana Katz which mentions shows Zoysia at the Hunter Valley Gardens: Ivana Katz - Hunter Valley Gardens - One of the 4 Most Beautiful Gardens You Need To Visit in NSW

Rochelle Greayer - Learn to create Your Dream Garden

Petting Grass
Hunter Valley Gardens

Korean Grass Planted At The Hunter Valley Gardens

Zoysia tenuifolia is also a great lawn and sloping bank grass species, but is much more appealing when used as an ornamental grass ground cover, as it possesses an unusual clumping or mounding appearance.

Zoysia grass makes an excellent ground cover for Japanese Themed Gardens where you want to simulate a moss style landscape or where trees make establishing a conventional lawn difficult.

Korean Grass Waterfall

Korean Grass Planted In A Japanese Garden Landscape

Image By David Henry - Flickr

Zoysia tenuifolia is mainly used as a ground cover because of its tendency to grow in an undulating way, creating ripples and small hills right up to the trunks of trees in deep shade. Newly established Zoysias will adjust to shading as the surrounding Shrubs and trees mature.

Zoysia grasses are fairly drought-tolerant and can remain green for weeks without water, even on a sand-based soil. They cope so well with drought because they in-roll their leaves to conserve moisture and develop a very deep root system.

As can be seen in the Graph below, Korean Velvet Grass really does have the competition covered.

Tolerance Levels

Zoysia tenuifolia does not tolerate more than an occasional water-logging, so make sure that your soil has good internal draining.They will not tolerate both shade and water-logging.

Your Zoysia will tolerate a wide range of soil types from Acid to Neutral pH.

Because Zoysia forms such a very dense lawn, it has a greater resistance to invasion by weeds than other lawn grasses, such as couch, buffalo or Kikuyu.

Zoysia tenuifolia has a very fine texture and is dark green in colour.

The slow growth rate of Zoysia tenuifolia reduces the need for mowing and its nitrogen requirement is lower than that of most grasses. Spreading is by rhizomes (underground runners).

The slow growth rate of Zoysia does mean that damaged areas take more time to repair, but because Zoysia leaves have such high silica levels, it makes Zoysia extremely wear-tolerant, compared with other warm-season turf grasses.

Also, because it is a slow growing variety of grass, commercial growing of Zoysia is a more expensive exercise, but in my opinion, this is outweighed by the greatly reduced frequency of mowing.

Zoysias can tolerate much lower soil fertility than other grasses, such as couch, buffalo and Kikuyu, but will respond to a nitrogen fertiliser by faster growth and a deeper green colour.

We recommend Dino-fert (Dynamic Lifter) Granules and or a slow-release fertilisers to deliver the nitrogen required by Zoysias.

Really Low Temperatures and Water-logging are about the only things that has the slightest impact on Zoysia tenuifolia. But, as can be seen in the photograph below, it will survive even under the harshest of Winter conditions.

Zoysia Under Snow


Zoysia Experiment

Click here: Zoysia Experiment to view a Zoysia tenuifolia, which was carried out over a period of twelve months. This is the translation of that experiment. Thank you to Bago for the professional manner in which he produced this experiment.

Zoysia Links

Please feel free to visit some of the more interesting Zoysia Links, listed at the bottom of this page. These, and other similar sites, have been invaluable to us as a source of both information and images.


Zoysia Surrounding A Tree

Zoysia Surrounding A Statue
Zoysia Tenuifolia Used as a Living Stairway

Japanese Garden Planted With Zoysia

Zoysia Along Sandstone Wall
Zoysia In Courtyard

Zoysia Used As Stairs
Raised Garden Minmow Planting

Tree Surrounded With No Mow Grass
Alfresco Area Featuring Zoysia

Palm Surrounded By Zoysia
Mixed Planting Including Zoysia

Zoysia Tenuifolia Close Up Shot
Rock Garden Featuring Clumping Grass

Rooftop Garden Featuring Zoysia
Sanstone Steps With Temple Grass

Sleepers Including No Mow Grass
Steppers With Manial Grass

Back Yard Planted With Zoysia
Trays Of Zoysia Tenuifolia

Our Ornamental Grasses

Both Zoysia tenuifolia and Ophiopogon Japonicus Nana have many 'Common Names' which has always made it difficult to establish which plant to purchase, until now that is!

Here is a comprehensive list of Common Names for two of our main products:

Zoysia Tenuifolia (Korean No Mow Grass)

  • No Mow Grass
  • Minmow Grass
  • Petting Grass
  • Korean Grass
  • Temple Grass
  • Velvet Grass
  • Mascarene Grass
  • Korean Lawngrass
  • Japanese Lawngrass
  • Manila Grass
  • Bump Grass
  • Clumping Grass
  • Snake Grass

Ophiopogon Japonicus Nana (Dwarf or Mini Mondo Grass)

  • Dwarf Mondo Grass
  • Mini Mondo Grass
  • Mondo Grass
  • Dwarf Lilyturf
  • Fountain Plant
  • Monkey Grass
  • Dragon's Beard
  • Snake's Beard

There are Four Types of Mondo Grass

  • Dwarf Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon japonicus nana)
  • Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens)
  • Green Mondo Grass - 'Tall Mondo' (Ophiopogon Japonicus)
  • Variegated Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon jaburan ‘Vittatus’)

(We are constantly asked if we have Dwarf Black Mondo Grass for sale. As far as we are aware Dwarf Black Mondo Grass does not exist.)

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any further details about these wonderful grasses.

You will find the best grass for your area right here. Whether it be Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra or any Country town in between, we can supply you with ornamental ground cover grasses that will suit your Climate.

We have chosen our range of plants so that we cater for most environments:

  • The best grasses for full sun
  • The best grasses for part shade
  • The best grasses for full shade
  • The best grasses for cold climates
  • The best landscape grasses

Have a look around our site and choose the plants that best suit you!

We supply Zoysia Tenuifolia in 90mm, 100mm, 125mm and 140mm Pots, and we now can supply in Plant Trays (Plant Tiles) which measure 330mm x 330mm.

Zoysia Experiment

If you look check out Page Menu, you will find the translated details of an experiment created by 'Bago' in Italy.

This Zoysia Tenuifolia experiment was carried out over a period of twelve months.

You can also visit here to view the Italian version of the experiment: Esperimento Verde (Green Experiment) .

Thank you to 'Bago' for the professional manner in which he produced this experiment. You can also visit his website: www.digg.it then click on "Esperimento Verde" in the right hand side menu on his page.

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