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It apparently doesn't grow longer than on the photos, can support all types of weather, doesn't invade other parts of the garden and it seems to prevent "bad" plants from setting up there (bramble, etc.).

Does anyone know what is the name of this grass?

grass around tree

grass in more open clearing

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Where are you located? I've seen something similar growing in North Texas, in parks, etc. – winwaed Jun 19 '11 at 13:12
It looks like he's in Shanghai, China. – Shane Jun 19 '11 at 13:16
That's correct, China. – user287 Jun 19 '11 at 14:21
how does it smell? (Serious Question!) Might be lemon grass? – Seanland Jun 19 '11 at 14:49
There is no smell and it's not lemon grass. It's the average grass you can find in any garden but with a darker and that grows in clumps. – user287 Jun 19 '11 at 16:08

This is almost certainly Sedge (Cyperaceae family), which is very similar to grass. There is a good photo of it here and detailed information here. If you can post a close-up, we may be able to identify the variety - or you may recognize the variety yourself here.

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Sorry this answer was wrong. The plant is definitely ophiopogon japonicus or (细叶)麦冬 = (xi ye) maidong in chinese – user287 Jun 21 '11 at 9:49
up vote 6 down vote accepted

After having asked a few professionals, the plant appears to be ophiopogon japonicus or (细叶)麦冬 = (xi ye) maidong in Chinese

Thanks to Lisa for giving more popular names: "mondo grass" or "monkey grass"

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Ah, so this is related to mondo grass. Thanks for including that in your answer. – rsgoheen Aug 12 '11 at 11:37

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