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Products > Ophiopogon japonicus
 
Ophiopogon japonicus - Mondo Grass
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass-like
Family: Liliaceae (Lilies)
Origin: Japan (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Light Lavender
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: <1 foot
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Ophiopogon japonicus (Mondo Grass) - Evergreen, thin grass-like foliage reaching 6-9 inches tall and spreads by tuber roots and stolons. The summer-blooming pale lilac flowers are usually hidden among the foliage. Blue fruits follow bloom. Ideal for use around the base of trees where most plants will not grow. Best in shady locations in inland gardens, but will take full sun along the coast. Water occasionally to regularly. Ophiopogon japonicus is native to China, India, Japan, and Vietnam. The name for the genus comes from the Greek words 'ophis' meaning a "snake" and 'pogon' meaning a "beard", "hair" or "tuft" originating from the Japanese name meaning Snakes Beard for the plant. The specific epithet means "from Japan". Other common names include Dwarf Lilyturf, Snakes Beard, Fountainplant and Monkeygrass.  The information about Ophiopogon japonicus displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.