Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Niger' (30) Flat
a/k/a: Black mondo grass, black lilyturf, snakebeard;
f/k/a O. nigrescens 'Black Dragon'.
Looking much like a black Liriope, Black Mondo Grass is a compact, densely growing, clump forming, evergreen, grass-like plant. When grown in full sun in the north, the foliage emerges purplish-green and then turns nearly jet black. It has a softly arching habit. This clumping perennial in the lily family spreads by underground stolons to form a dense evergreen grass-like groundcover, part shade is probably the best to maintain dark coloring.
One of the few 'black-leafed' plants in existence; with narrow purplish-black, leaves. From early through midsummer, short spikes of light purple to white flowers (much like those of Liriope) are produced, followed by purplish black berries in the fall. Best grown in rich, sandy or loamy composition soil, with an acidic or neutral pH. While it will tolerate some drought, preferred conditions are well-drained soil, with consistent moisture that does not completely dry-out.
Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit 1993
Missouri Botanical Garden Plants of Merit
Black Mondo Grass adds dramatic flair to combination containers but can also be grown en masse as a low groundcover. Use it as a foil for silver or gold foliage plants or combine with succulent temperennials in shallow troughs.
Excellent, easy care, low maintenance plant choice for slopes, mass planting, border edging, in a rock garden, containers or at the base of trees. Planted twelve (12) inches apart, should fill-in after three to four years, may be planted ten (10) inches apart for quicker coverage. Similar in appearance and habit to liriope, but not as invasive as Liriope spicata. Mow foliage at the highest possible cutting height in late winter before new growth.
Height: 6.0-8.0 Inches
Spread: 12.0 Inches
Hardiness Zones: 5,6,7,8,9
Flower Color: White Shades, Purple shades
Foliage Color: Near-black shades
Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun) - Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)
Average to Consistent Water Needs
Average to Fertile Soil Quality
Bloomtime: Early Summer - Midsummer
Deer and Rabbit Resistant
Growth Rate: Slow/ Medium
Border Plant, Container, Easy To Grow, Edging, Attractive Foliage, Mass Planting, Small
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Plants arrived in perfect condition. Currently thriving.