San Marcos Growers LogoSan Marcos Growers
New User
Wholesale Login
Enter Password
Home Products Purchase Gardens About Us Resources Contact Us
COVID-19 Response
Search Utilities
Plant Database
Search Plant Name
Detail Search Avanced Search Go Button
Search by size, origins,
details, cultural needs
Website Search Search Website GO button
Search for any word
Site Map
Retail Locator
Plant Listings

PLANT TYPE
PLANT GEOGRAPHY
PLANT INDEX
ALL PLANT LIST
PLANT IMAGE INDEX
PLANT INTROS
SPECIALTY CROPS
NEW  2021 PLANTS

PRIME LIST
  for OCTOBER


Natives at San Marcos Growers
Succulents at San Marcos Growers
 Weather Station

 
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 on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of this plant in our nursery crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we visit. We also will incorporate comments that we receive from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Ophiopogon japonicus.