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Black Mondo Grass

Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’

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Black Mondo Grass

Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’

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Black Mondo Grass is a clump-forming perennial plant with slender, grass-like leaves that rise 8 or 8 inches above the ground, with an attractive arching form. Clumps are about 12 inches across and soon grow together into a continuous weed-proof groundcover. The foliage is a striking very dark purple-black, bringing a unique ‘noir’ element to your garden. Grow it as accent clumps or continuous edging and groundcover anywhere in your garden. It looks great with silver, yellow and white, creating wonderful color contrasts, or use it alone for a very modern look.

  • Clumps of dark purple-black leaves all year round
  • Pale lilac flowers followed by dark-blue berries
  • Dense groundcover for sun or shade
  • Untroubled by deer or rabbits
  • Drought resistant once established

Black Mondo Grass is happy in a wide range of light conditions, from full sun to light full shade, although the strongest color develops with some sun. It grows in any well-drained soil that is not too dry, although once established it has good drought resistance. It is untroubled by pests and diseases, ignored by deer or rabbits, and takes salt spray in coastal locations. At most all it needs is trimming back after a few years – it will quickly resprout and be fresh and new again.

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