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Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'

Black Mondo Grass

Plant Type:


Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ – ​sold in sets; 1 set = 5 plugs. 15 sets available. Black Mondo Grass. All foliage is about as deep ebony as any plant found in the wild green kingdom. This makes a stunning ground cover when contrasted with gold, cream and variegated plants with bolder leaves. Spring planting is advised if you are to attempt them in the north. Clumping to modestly running with slow increase - at least in the northern end of its range.


6 in




(5b)6 to 9
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Characteristics and Attributes for Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Four Seasons

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads


  • Mostly Sunny
  • Full Sun


  • Border
  • Massing
  • Labyrinth
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Edging
  • Potted Plant
  • Evergreen
  • Accent
  • Ground Cover

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • Japan

Propagated By

  • Division

Genus Overview: Ophiopogon

Common Name: Mondo Grass

The Mondo Grasses make beautiful grass-like ground covering blankets adaptable to sun in the north, happier in part to open shade farther south. They are not grasses at all; in fact, they are members of the Liliaceae as is Liriope with which they are closely allied. Plant the virtually evergreen Mondo Grasses in fertile soil for best growth. Once established they do demonstrate drought tolerance. Spring planting is advised if you are to attempt them in the north range. Ophiopogon spreads moderately fast and is a colonizing plant. All of the following are offered by pot grown division.