Style, statement and stature are what you are guaranteed to achieve with Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Arabicus', commonly called Black Mondo Grass.
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
followed by fleshy blue-black seeds that beg
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
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
contact your local cooperative extension
to confirm winter hardiness in your area.
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.