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Ophiopogon planiscapus Nigra

Black Mondo Grass

  • »  Shiny, strap-like foliage
  • »  Unique almost-black color
  • »  Pink-white flowers in midsummer
  • »  Fleshy black seeds remain through winter
  • »  Great in containers

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True black does not exist in the horticultural world, but Black Mondo Grass is as close as one gets. Strap-like, shiny foliage grows in little tufts that slowly spread by underground stolons. The newer leaves start out with a greenish hue but soon age to the dark purplish black color that has made this plant famous. Its grass-like foliage contrasts beautifully with variegated woodland plants and with its own bell shaped, light pink flowers produced on upright racemes in midsummer. Flowers give way to fleshy black seeds that often remain on the plant through the winter. While the flowers and fruit are interesting, the true interest in this plant is its rare, incredible foliage color. It is extraordinary when paired with chartreuse foliage or when planted in a mixed container for a shady deck. Plant it in groups in partial shade for a truly rare color injection for your landscape!

Great Foliage
Foliage Color
Almost Black
Flower Color
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer Bloomer