The Grass 'Mondo', Ophiopogon japonicus, is an evergreen perennial which forms a dense clump of grass-like leaves; similar in appearance to Liriope, but finer textured with thinner blades. ('Mondo' actually is a member of the lily family despite its appearance and common name.)
The leaves emerge in clumps from a network of rhizomes that grow just below the soil surface. With age, the clumps will merge to form a soft dense carpet of foliage. The small light purple flowers appear in summer, but are of little interest since they are hidden in the dense foliage, and so are the small blue-black berries that follow.
It can be used as a bed edge or as a groundcover in a shady area. It is important for erosion control since the dense mat of roots holds the ground well; avoid planting it near moist areas because it will take over!
'Mondo' Grass can also be used as an evergreen in planters, either alone or mixed with seasonal annuals for color.
‘Mondo’ has a rich green color that helps to provide definition, allowing the features of the garden to really stand out. (Its height will not compete with the features of other plants). Plant this lush, hardy grass with slender blades that requires no mowing!
* Dense clumping habit
* Mat forming
|Brand||Nature Hills Nursery|
|Botanical Name||Ophiopogon japonicus|
|Mature Height||6 to 12 inches|
|Mature Spread||6 to 9 inches|
|Soil Type||Well Drained|
|Sun Exposure||Full Shade, Partial Sun|