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Ophiopogon planiscapus

Ophiopogon planiscapus

Common name mondo grass
Family ruscaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z6-9)
Flowers pink (summer)
Size 9-12"
Light sun-part shade

Not really related to grass, this is closer in the family tree to lilies. But like most grasses, it's mainly grown for its strappy, nearly-black leaves. Pink flowers in summer provide additional interest - or they would, if they'd ever appear on our plants. Maybe I don't keep close enough tabs on their performance. Back in Pennsylvania, I always grew (or attempted to grow) the nearly-black 'Nigrescens' variety, but out here in Texas, the dark-green species seems to be more prevalent. We grow it in a few areas of the back yard, both partly shaded and full sun – so far they're doing fine.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: waterfall pondside, foundation border

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