Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'

Black Mondo Grass

Evergreen Grass / Grass-Like

The grass-like, purple-black foliage of black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens') spreads slowly and makes a very effective small-scale ground cover or edging plant. It's unusual coloring is especially dramatic when paired with silver or blue foliage.

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Growing Conditions

Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Full Shade, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade

Water Needs: Average, Low


Size: 4 - 16 tall x 4 - 18 wide
Shape / Form: Low and Spreading, Strappy
Foliage Texture: Fine
Foliage Quality: Fine

Features: Drought-tolerant / Water wise, Attractive Foliage, Low Maintenance, Winter Interest, Year-round Interest

Foliage Color: Black

Flower Color: Lavender / Lilac
Bloom Season: Jun, Jul, Aug, Summer

Fruit Description: Black, Purple

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Beds and Borders, Container, Edging, Groundcover, Lawn Alternative, Mixed Border, Small Gardens
Special Situations: Courtyard / Urban Garden
Wildlife: Deer Resistant

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Year-round Interest, Three Seasons of Interest
Plant Behavior: Slow Growing
Collections: eGardenGo Favorite, Plants That Earn Their Keep

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plant Combos