• Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'
  • Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'
  • Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'

Black Mondo Grass, Black lilyturf
Size: ex 1.5L pot - Large plants

Availability: In stock

£7.99

Quick Overview

  • Dramatic ground-cover
  • Jet black strap-like foliage
  • Evergreen perennial
  • Hardy
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Description

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens', is a stunning cultivar with deep purple-black strap-like leaves turning jet black in full sun. Although slow growing it gradually spreads by its underground stolons to form a low ground-covering mat which has a dramatic visual impact whether on its own or planted in combination with other species. Its intensely dark colouration lends itself as a background to a large number of imaginative design possibilities and looks particularly good when combined with contrasting silver or yellow foliage or with the lacy foliage of ferns. If planted in a raised bed, the extraordinary colour and leathery texture of its leaves can be appreciated closer at hand. It enjoys a rich organic well-drained soil that is slightly acidic and kept moist.

The green-leaved type species which is native to Japan, is found in wooded areas, forest floors and forest margins to an elevation of 1000 metres. Ophiopogon is not a true grass and under the APG III system this genus is now in the the sub-family Nolinoideae along with its close relative, Liriope.

Additional Information

Order Asparagales
Family Asparagaceae
Sub-Family Nolinoideae
Synonyms Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Arabicus', Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Black Dragon', Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Ebony Knight', Mondo planiscapum, Ophiopogon planiscapus f. leucanthus, Ophiopogon wallichianus var. leucanthus
Geographical Origin Horticultural origin, type species from Japan
Cultivation Full sun or partial shade. Rich slightly acidic soil, well drained but moist
Eventual Height 20 cm
Eventual Spread Slowly spreading by underground stolons: 60 cm
Hardiness Hardy in the UK, down to at least -14C

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'

Black Mondo Grass, Black lilyturf
Size: ex 1.5L pot - Large plants

Availability: In stock

£7.99
You could receive 10 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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