Ornamental Grasses

Black Mondo Grass

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'
Black Mondo Grass has some of the most dramatically dark foliage available, grassy foliage emerging dark green and almost immediately turning a rich black purple. Delicate, lilac purple flowers appear in summer, contrasting with the foliage. Flowers are followed by deep purple berries. Commonly used as edging or in containers.
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Quick Facts

  • Distinct foliage
  • Commonly used as ornamental grass
  • Attracts birds

Details

Black Mondo Grass has some of the most dramatically dark foliage available, grassy foliage emerging dark green and almost immediately turning a rich black purple. Delicate, lilac purple flowers appear in summer, contrasting with the foliage. Flowers are followed by deep purple berries. Commonly used as edging or in containers.

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About This Plant

Type

Ornamental Grasses

Leaf Color

Purple

Flowering

Flowering

Mature Height

Up to 12 inches

Mature Width

Up to 18 inches

Features

Distinct foliage color, drought tolerant, low maintenance

Grower/Brand

Matsudas By Green Acres, LLC.

California residents please see Prop 65 WARNING

Seasonality

Leaf Lifespan

Evergreen

Leaf Time of Year

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Bloom Time

Summer

Bloom Color

Purple

Plant Care Tips

Planting Instructions
If soil in container is dry, water plants prior to planting. Dig a hole at least twice the diameter of the root ball and 1.5 times deeper. Mix fertilizer or compost into the soil and return a few inches of soil mixture to the planting hole. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease out the roots on the surface of the root ball. Plant with the top of the root ball at ground level. Back-fill around the root ball with the rest of the soil mixture, gently firming it in as you go, and build a short berm of soil around the plant to create a watering basin. Water the plant thoroughly to settle the soil around the roots. Keep new plants well-watered the first summer, checking for water needs daily or every other day. Covering the root ball and area around the plant with 1-3 inches of mulch will help keep roots cool and conserve moisture. Keep mulch from touching tree trunks and plant stems.
General Care Description
If foliage appears tattered, cut back in late winter before new growth emerges in spring. Can be divided every 3 to 4 years.

Effort of Care

Moderate

Soil Type

Rich, fertile, slightly acidic, moist, well-drained

Growth Rate

Slow

Light Needs

Does not do well in direct sunlight, will appreciate partial sun or full shade.

Water Needs

Plant prefers to have consistently moist soil, make sure top soil does not dry out.

Disease and Pests

Generally disease and pest resistant

USDA Hardiness Zone

5

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