Fifty or so species of perennials in the lily family make up this genus. They are grown for their evergreen, grassy, dense foliage. Spikes of small pink, white, or purple flowers bloom in summer. The berries that follow are glossy and blue or black. Use Ophiopogon  as edging or groundcover, or in a rock garden.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsTufts of grassy foliage; glossy fruit. Makes a good groundcover.

CareProvide full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained, humusy, slightly acidic soil.

PropagationDivide in spring or start fresh seed in containers in a cold frame.

ProblemsGenerally trouble-free, but watch for root rot, leaf spot, slugs, and snails.

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