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Ophiopogon clarkei - Himalayan Mondo Grass

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass-like
Family: Liliaceae (Lilies)
Origin: Himalaya Mountain Region (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: <1 foot
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
Ophiopogon clarkei (Himalayan Mondo Grass) - A dense evergreen, low-growing and spreading grass-like plant to 8 inches tall that has long (up to 12 inches) dark green narrow (1/4") leaves and short racemes of small lilac-tinged white flowers in summer that are followed by dark purple berries. The long length and narrowness of the leaves causes them to arch over gracefully. It is a moderately vigorous spreader via rhizomes (underground stems) but does not seem to be so vigorous that it is invasive. Grows in full sun to light shade with regular garden watering but is surprising tolerant of only occasional irrigation. Hardy to below 0F and useful in zones USDA 7-10. This plant comes from the Himalayas from Nepal to China (Northwest Yunnan). It was first introduced into cultivation by the Bureau of Plant Introductions (USDA) in 1940 (BPI 133119 and BPI 135803-1940). We thank John Greenlee for first introducing us to this charming little plant that graces several locations in our garden and has become a favorite of a few discerning landscape designers, who note that it is a great understory for larger shrubs. We have grown this plant since 1990.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Ophiopogon clarkei.