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Products > Ophiopogon clarkei
 
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.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Ophiopogon clarkei.