Black Mondo Grass {25 Pots - 3 1/2 in.}

Style, statement and stature are what you are guaranteed to achieve with Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Arabicus', commonly called Black Mondo Grass. The evergreen ebony 1/4 inch wide leaves emerge green but turn black quickly, offering extraordinary color and stylish contrast that is next to impossible to achieve with such ease.

Additionally, it remains shiny and pristine year round, requiring no mowing or maintenance. In summer, bell-shaped cloudy-lavender flowers bloom followed by fleshy blue-black seeds that beg birds to visit.

When gardeners plant Black Mondo, they look to highlight its stunning foliage by contrasting it against rock gardens, walls, pavers or stepping stones and lighter colored plants. But you should know it behaves wonderfully under shady, woody plants, connecting larger islands, and making dark pools for sculpture nestling.

A member of the lily family, with a slow-growing, clumping personality, she spreads by stolons. She is drought tolerant, preferring an acidic and rich, well-drained (but moisture-retentive) sandy or loamy soil.) If you have any doubt about the incredible beauty of this grass, simply look at the photographs to see how much dimension and beauty this plant will add to your garden.

Things to Note
If you are planting in Zone 5, contact your local cooperative extension to confirm winter hardiness in your area.

Gardener Tips
This plant's foliage height is determined by growing conditions; under harsh conditions (poor soil, water, and/or pH), it may grow only 3-4 inches tall.
General information about Ophiopogon (Mondo Grass):
A reliable, hardy evergreen with thin blade-like foliage in a dark shade of green, Ophiopogon, often referred to as Lily Turf or Mondo Grass is an excellent ground cover for shady areas where other plants refuse to grow.

Gardeners love Mondo Grass for reliable texture, color and structure in rock gardens, between between pavers or stepping stones, in seashore plantings and as borders and edging for beds and walkways, around shaded pools and even garden statues because it requires no mowing and offers elegance, structure and definition to any area.

Where runoff is a problem, its dense mat of roots is exceptional at holding the ground up, preventing erosion. The depth of color contrasts beautifully with the lighter green of a lawn or the grey hues of garden ornaments and works wonderfully as an evergreen in planters where seasonal annuals provide pops of vibrant color.

If you love to play with shape and design, you will absolutely adore this lush, ornamental grass that creates a dense evergreen ground cover. The deep emerald green leaf blades (1/8 inch wide) form in clumps that need no mowing and will tolerate foot traffic making them a perfect lawn alternative that thrives in shade.

In the summer there are insignificant white flowers and in fall, bright blue berries will beckon birds. Spreads slowly to moderately fast by underground stolons. One of the all-time favorite effortless grasses, Ophiopogon caresses gardens with color and richness.

Things to Note
Our Mondo grasses produce fruit that will drive birds crazy with delight. If you are a birder, this plant is a must have for attracting a variety of species.

Gardener Tips
Consider planting clumps of Mondo in year round planters adding forced tulips in early spring, Begonias and Creeping Jenny in summer and autumn, and sprigs of evergreen bows and berries in winter for continual curb appeal.

Why all the confusion about the common names?
In 1763, the French botanist Michael Adanson described a plant (probably Liriope) that he called Mondo, which remains a common name today.

A few years later, Carl Peter Thunberg described a plant, which he named Convallaria japonica. This species is now known as Ophiopogon japonicus.

A decade later, Portugese botanist Joao de Loureiro described and named the plant we now know as Liriope muscari. Nearly 100 years later Joseph Decaisne described the same species as Ophiopogon muscari.

Over time there have been numerous discussions regarding these plants and the proper botanical names for them. Today, both Liriope and Ophiopogon are treated as distinct genera. In addition to sharing the name Mondo, the plants are also interchangably called Lilyturf and Monkey Grass.
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Black Mondo
10/18/2018 By Thomas Hirko
Product reviewed: Black Mondo Grass {25 Pots - 3 1/2 in.}
Nice grass. Arrived in great shape and already planted.
Just what my landscape needed, they look great!
Black Dragon Mondo Grass
03/07/2018 By Mary Ann Galvin
Product reviewed: Black Mondo Grass {25 Pots - 3 1/2 in.}
I placed my order on Sunday and the plants arrived on my doorstep on Tuesday! They were in perfect condition and I can't wait to plant them. I wanted to buy directly from the nursery instead of a big box store. Class Groundcovers was a pleasure to work with... Read full review >
Nice plants
10/04/2017 By Walter Filla
Product reviewed: Black Mondo Grass {25 Pots - 3 1/2 in.}
Arrived 4 days after placing order. Plants were is great shape. Looked like they may have tipped in shipping as some of the roots were showing on some plants and others were overfilled but did not affect product.
Would purchase again should the need arise.
Hard to find
09/06/2017 By Frank Canty
Product reviewed: Black Mondo Grass {25 Pots - 3 1/2 in.}
Came in as promised and all plants were fine
No unusual shipping concerns for this plant.
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Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Arabicus'
(AKA Black Dragon, Monkey Grass, Ebony Knight, Similar to 'Nigrescens', 'Ebknizam')
Pronunciation: oh-fee-oh-POE-gon plan-iss-KAP-us

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