Ophiopogon japonica 'Nana' (Dwarf Mondo Grass) Unity Grown
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Ophiopogon japonica 'Nana' is a cultivar of dwarf mondo grass, a tuft-forming, evergreen perennial grassy groundcover that produces dark green foliage and pale purple flowers, noted for its slightly wider blades and less upright structure than its parent species. Also known as Japanese lilyturf, Ophiopogon japonica bears some resemblance to Liriope, true lilyturf, but produces small, showy blue fruits in the late summer.
Utilized as a turf alternative in shady areas of landscaping, mondo grass requires little maintenance beyond yearly mowing. Although just as short and slow-growing as its parent species, 'Nana' has the tendency to flop a bit more, providing a denser appearance to the mats of greenery it forms. 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 or rosebushes.