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Black Mondo Grass Nigrescens in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Kokuryu' syn. Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens', Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Black Dragon', Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigra'

 

Black Mondo Grass 'Nigrescens'

Ophiopogon is a genus of evergreen, clump forming perennial grass-like plants that originate from around tropical asia, appearing to have quite tufted foliage which grow from short rhizomes. It is a member of the Asparagaceae family. Tiny flowers appear in summer on short stems that emerge on scapes just above the foliage. Occasionally, gloss coloured berries form after the flowers. 'Nigrescens' (or Kokurya as it is officially known as) is a dark form with almost black foliage (especially when grown in full sun) although can have hints of green if grown in shadier conditions. It bears small bell-shaped purple-white flowers followed by black berries.

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plant Features
  • Black Mondo Grass Nigrescens likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Black Mondo Grass Nigrescens likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Black Mondo Grass Nigrescens is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Black Mondo Grass Nigrescens likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Black Mondo Grass 'Nigrescens'

Latin name

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Kokuryu' syn. Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens', Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Black Dragon', Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigra'

type

evergreen perennial

family

Asparagaceae

ph

5.6 - 6.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Black Mondo Grass Nigrescens likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Black Mondo Grass Nigrescens is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Black Mondo Grass Nigrescens likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Black Mondo Grass Nigrescens likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Black Mondo Grass Nigrescens is 0.50meters x 0.20meters 0.50 M 0.20 M

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Kokuryu' syn. Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens', Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Black Dragon', Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigra'

Ophiopogon is a genus of evergreen, clump forming perennial grass-like plants that originate from around tropical asia, appearing to have quite tufted foliage which grow from short rhizomes. It is a member of the Asparagaceae family. Tiny flowers appear in summer on short stems that emerge on scapes just above the foliage. Occasionally, gloss coloured berries form after the flowers. 'Nigrescens' (or Kokurya as it is officially known as) is a dark form with almost black foliage (especially when grown in full sun) although can have hints of green if grown in shadier conditions. It bears small bell-shaped purple-white flowers followed by black berries.


Planting Season (Spring)

From Early Spring TO Late Spring

Mondo grass should be grown in partial to full shade, but can withstand full sun in cooler areas, if they receive sufficient water. The darker black forms should be grown ideally in full sun to enhance their darker colour. They should be planted in well draining, slightly acidic soil (pH 5.5-6.5).

 

Propagation by Division (Spring)

From Early Spring TO Late Spring

Using a fork dig up plant, try to keep the root ball as complete as possible. Split the root ball at the centre with a sharp knife or a spade. Replant the plants to the same depth as the original and keep well watered until established.

 

Flowering Season (Summer)

From Mid Summer TO Early Autumn

Small bell like white or mauve flowers will appear on small flower scapes that rise level with or above the foliage, and this will be followed by the appearence of tiny gloss coloured berries.

 
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