A reliable ground cover and a good alternative to turf
Ophiopogon planiscapus is a species native to Japan (Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu) where its habitat is in woods at low altitude. Black mondo or black lily turf grows in spreading tufts of long, fine, dark and shiny evergreen leaves. After a few years it grows into an irregular colony, the result of natural reseeding and the development of its underground stolons.
Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' is a botanical rarity in that it produces black leaves tinged with green at their base. A horticultural whimsy that gives the artist gardener the opportunity to create startling – and sometimes a little unnatural – contrasts with lighter coloured foliage varieties.
This black mondo grass can be grown in the ground or in pots and combined with variegated periwinkles (Vinca minor 'Illumination', Vinca Wojo' Gem'), Brunnera with its generous sliver leaves, Heuchera, Acorus or even under Hostas.
Black goes with all other colours and the grass-like leaves of Ophiopogon provide an interesting contrast with all the other simple or rounded leaves in the garden. In fact, there are almost endless possibilities of combining Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' with other plants.
Grow in partial shade in ordinary, slightly acidic, humus-rich soil. Can tolerate the dry shade of trees. Slow growing. Hardy.
Remove the green plantlets that have re-seeded. Regularly prune any damaged leaves or dried inflorescences. Apply a sieved compost to Ophiopogon at the end of winter.
P.S. Insignificant flowers.
- 0,4L pot
- Hardiness zones : zone 6-10
- Height: 10 to 30cm
- Plant spacing: 40 cm
- Flower colour: white
- Flowering period: summer flowers