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Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' (Black mondo grass)

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' Photo/Illustration: Jerry Pavia

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' oh-fee-oh-POE-gon plan-iss-KAP-us Common Name: Black mondo grass 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.
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
Foliage Color Black
Flower Color Pink Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower; White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Ground Covers
Style Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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