Dark green foliage of Ophiopogon japonica (Mondo Grass) grown in quart size pots.

Ophiopogon japonica (Mondo Grass) Unity Grown

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Ophiopogon japonica (Mondo Grass) is a tuft-forming, evergreen perennial grassy groundcover that produces dark green foliage and pale purple flowers which turn to blue berry like fruits in the late summer. Also known as Japanese lilyturf, Ophiopogon japonica bears some resemblance to Liriope, true lilyturf.

Utilized as a turf alternative in shady areas of landscaping, mondo grass requires little maintenance beyond yearly mowing. Although Ophiopogon japonica is a type of dwarf mondo grass, and therefore slow growing to only about 6-10" tall, Ophiopogon japonica does form mats over time. Mat-forming behavior plus the added benefits of being salt-, drought-, and foot-traffic tolerant makes it a great choice as a lawn alternative or for underplanting near dense shrubs.

Straight Species
Mature Plant Height: Very Short: under 12"
Sun to Shade-Wide Tolerance
Soil Moisture: Well-drained and Medium
Soil Type: Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Summer
Flower Color: Pink and Purple
Foliage color: Green
Features: Berries, Lawn Alternative, and Groundcover
Tolerances: Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Dry Shade Tolerant, Foot Traffic Tolerant, Salt Tolerant, and Cold Tolerant
Garden Type: Meadow, Small Space, and Container

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