Black mondo grass

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'

Photo/Illustration: 
Jerry Pavia
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Black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens')
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Genus:  Ophiopogon
Black mondo grass has straplike, shiny black foliage and grows in little tufts. The grasslike foliage looks good with  chartreuse foliage, variegated woodland plants, and with its own flowers, which bloom in midsummer. Young leaves start out with a greenish hue that soon turns to black. The flowers are bell shaped and can be pink, pale violet, or white, and are followed by fleshy black seeds that may remain on the plant all winter. This perennial is evergreen in mild winters or in the warmer portions of its range. It looks stunning in a shady container planting. -Lou Anella, Regional Picks: Southern Plains, Fine Gardening issue #127
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Shiny, black foliage in tufts.
Care:  Provide full sun to part shade and moist, but well-drained soil.
Propagation:  Spreads slowly through underground stolons.
Problems:  Nothing serious.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Runs
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower,
White Flower
Foliage Color
Black
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Ground Covers
Style
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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