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Black Mondo Grass
Black mondo grass grows in arching clumps to about 8 inches tall that consist of the most black leaves of any perennial. The leaves appear almost black no matter the light conditions. White, bell-shaped small flowers with pink to lilac blush bloom in summer followed by deep purple purple berries in fall. More details below.

Black Mondo Grass

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Black Mondo Grass
Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5b-10b  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Hardiness Zone 5b, where this Mondo Grass variety is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

Black Mondo Grass grows slowly to form attractive arching clumps to about 8 inches tall which consist of the most black leaves of any perennial. No matter the light conditions, the leaves appear almost black, contrasting nicely with the white, bell-shaped small. This easy to grow plant is ideal for use in containers, as a groundcover, and for bordering walkways and paths in the shady or sunny areas of your landscape.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 6-8 inches tall and 8 inches or more wide, Black Mondo Grass is ideal for use as an accent, grouping or border edger in home foundation plantings and landscape borders. Perfect for use as an underplanting for small trees such as Japanese maples or a groundcover under large shade trees. Also serves nicely as a solo or grassy accent in combination container gardens. A fine addition to black color theme gardens, Asian gardens, rock gardens, and nestled between boulders around the garden pond. 


Spacing:  6" for quicker fill as groundcover;  8-12" if you have patience





Cultural Preferences

Black Mondo Grass is easy to grow in most any moist but well-drained soil of average fertility and part shade to full shade. Morning sun is okay. Filtered all day sun is okay. Constantly soggy or wet soils can be problematic, though temporary flooding is okay.




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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5b-10b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Perennial
Height at Maturity:  6-8"
Width at Maturity:  6"+
Spacing:  4-6" for mass plantings 
Growth Habit / Form:  Arching, Clumping, Grassy, Spreading, Tufted
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  Pinkish-lavender, White
Flower Size:  Small
Flowering Period:  Summer
Flower Type:  Bell-shaped
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Blackish, Dark Purple, Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No 
Berries:  Yes
Berry Color:  Black
Sun Needs:  Full Sun, Full Shade, Part Sun, Part Shade
Water Needs:  Average to Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sandy (amended), Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well-Drained Slightly Moist, Well Drained Dry
Soil pH:  5.5 - 6.5 
Maintenance / Care:  Low to none
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Dry Soil, Heat, Humidity, Insect



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