Black Mondo Grass

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Product: Black Mondo Grass
Retailer: Wayside Gardens

Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’

Splendid groundcover that accentuates the bright colors of neighboring plants!

One of the few “black-leaved” plants in existence, this isn’t “officially” a grass, but its habit and garden use merit its consideration for edging and other landscaping uses. Black Mondo Grass is tolerant of shade, very attractive, and trouble free in most settings. Rely on it to add dramatic color to the border, garden path, or accent plantings.

Just 6 inches high, this plant spreads about a foot wide, with long, slender, elegant leaves of a purple so dark they appear black. It sets small, bright pink blooms in summer, followed by glossy black berries that remain through autumn into winter, but its primary emphasis is on the splendid foliage. Such a nice change of pace from green- and blue-hued dwarf ornamental grasses!

Grow Black Mondo Grass in any good, well-drained soil. It is highly resistant to heat and drought, but appreciates a winter mulch. Zones 6-10.

  • Genus     Ophiopogon
  • Species     planiscapus
  • Variety     ‘Nigrescens’
  • Item Form     3 1/2-inch Pot
  • Zone     6 – 10
  • Bloom Season     Mid Summer – Late Summer
  • Habit     Prostrate
  • Plant Height     6 in
  • Plant Width     12 in
  • Additional Characteristics     Berries, Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Flower
  • Bloom Color     Light Pink
  • Foliage Color     Black, Purple
  • Light Requirements     Part Shade, Shade
  • Moisture Requirements     Moist,  well-drained
  • Soil Tolerance     Normal,  loamy
  • Uses     Beds, Border, Containers, Foliage Interest, Ground Cover, Ornamental, Outdoor
  • Restrictions     Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands