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Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’


Black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens') has incredibly distinctive true black leaves.

Black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens') is one of the most distinctive of all garden plants with its true black, plastic-like, strappy, grass-like, evergreen leaves that form slowly spreading mounds and mats. It always makes a dramatic impact in any planting. White to pale lavender flowers appear in the summer followed by deep purple-black berries. Unendingly useful for plant combinations in pots, along pathways, in garden beds, and as a ground cover. Make sure to contrast it with lighter foliage such as golds, greens, oranges, and reds to help the dark foliage show up against dark soil. Tolerant of full sun to shade. Most sites suggest zone 6 hardiness but I grew it many decades ago in zone 5b.

Common Name: Black Mondo Grass

Family: Asparagaceae (The Asparagus Family)

Zone Hardiness: 5-9

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade, Full Shade

Height: 8-12"

Width: 8-12"

Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Secondary Bloom Colour: Purple

Class: Evergreen

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Late Summer

Soil Moisture: Moist, Average

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No

Berries: Yes

Berries: Purple


Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Forest floors.

Award: AGM, GPP

Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Asia - China and Japan

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