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    Black Mondo Grass

    Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'

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    Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Black Mondo Grass

    Black Mondo Grass

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Black Mondo Grass flowers

    Black Mondo Grass flowers

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  15 inches

    Spacing:  9 inches

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  5a

    Description:

    Noted for its slowly spreading clumps of narrow leaves that appear black, bell shaped pink flowers in summer; striking when massed along borders; not actually a grass, more closely related to lilies, but it sure looks like one

    Ornamental Features

    Black Mondo Grass features dainty nodding shell pink bell-shaped flowers with white overtones rising above the foliage from mid to late summer. Its attractive grassy leaves remain black in colour throughout the season. It produces black berries from early to mid fall.

    Landscape Attributes

    Black Mondo Grass is a dense herbaceous perennial grass with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

    This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.

    Black Mondo Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • Rock/Alpine Gardens
    • Border Edging
    • General Garden Use
    • Container Planting

    Planting & Growing

    Black Mondo Grass will grow to be about 15 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 9 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

    This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

    Black Mondo Grass is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

    At Dutch Growers, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT". It is not officially recognized as winter-hardy in our zone 3, however, there is a strong liklihood that it will survive winter. Warranty expires on Nov. 1 season of purchase.

     
     
    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
    Characteristics
    Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
    Applications
    Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color 
    Ornamental Features

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