Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’
black mondo grass
Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’) is a striking ornamental grass prized for its deep, dark foliage. This low-growing, evergreen perennial adds dramatic contrast to gardens with its blackish-purple leaves. It thrives in partial to full shade and well-draining soil.
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Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ is a cultivar of the species Ophiopogon planiscapus which is native to East Asia and has been cultivated for centuries. The exact origins of the ‘Nigrescens’ cultivar are not well-documented, but it likely emerged through natural variations or selective breeding to enhance its dark, blackish-purple foliage.
Much beloved of Garden Designers, the Black Mondo Grass is simply stunning – one of the truest black shades available in the plant world.
Black spidery mounds will spread by runners into dense colonies – mauve flowers in late summer are followed by glossy black berries.
It provides an unsurpassed colour contrast with practically anything you choose to grow with it – be it yellows, greens, greys.
For the best colour and overall performance grow Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ in full sun in a moist soil – such a star plant deserves good treatment.
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Care & Size Guidance
Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’is a low-maintenance ornamental grass with easy care requirements. Plant it in well-draining soil in either sun or shade (although sun will bring out the darker colours better). Once established, it is drought-tolerant, making it ideal for low-water gardens, however regular watering during the growing season will promote healthy growth.
In terms of size, Black Mondo Grass typically reaches a height of about 15 to 25 cm with a spread of approximately 30 to 45 cm. Its compact and clumping habit makes it ideal for ground cover or edging in gardens. The blackish-purple foliage adds striking contrast and year-round allure to any landscape. Enjoy the captivating beauty and minimal maintenance of Black Mondo Grass in your garden.