Black Mondo Grass- Ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens
I like this low growing easy to care for plant. Since it only gets about six inches tall and wide it can be used in a lot of places where other plants can’t.
These photos of my Black Mondo Grass aren’t great, but I’ll add more later. I really like Black Mondo Grass but I’ve yet to use it properly in my landscape. Because it’s so dark in color it tends to get lost in the bed. Unlike the Liriope that you see planted in this same bed the Mondo Grass does self propagate. That can be good thing or a bad thing, depending on where you use and what you are using it for.
I thought that by mixing it with the Liriope I’d get a nice contrast and I have. But as is often the case when you mix plants they grow to different sizes at different rates and it’s just not keeping up with the Liriope which had a head start. So . . . since this stuff likes to self propagate I am going to buy more of it and plant it all in a large bed at the nursery. That way I can dig and divide and always have an Endless Supply of Plants to Sell.
Black Mondo Grass really works best when planted in mass plantings or used as a border. And since it does spread keep that in mind as you decide where it is going to be planted. The tiny lavender flowers appear in mid summer. They are not prominent but they are so delicate that you can’t help but appreciate them.
Black Mondo Grass is not really an evergreen, but the foliage does last all winter until it is replaced with new growth in the spring. It’s said to be deer resistant, likes some shade, and it’s not real fussy about soil conditions. It seems to do well in zones 5 through 10.
This is why we need more people growing and selling plants like this from home. Online they want about $7.50 for a 3-1/2″ pot of this stuff. Plus shipping. Our Backyard Growers could sell it all day long at $4.97 in a larger container and still make great money. Many of them would probably sell it for $3.97.