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Ophiopogon Nigrescens

Black Mondo Grass, Mondo Grass
$18.95 $9.47 ea.
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RHS Award of Garden Merit
Black shades of deepest purple on grass-like blades. Outstanding and dramatic in containers or paired with silver or gold companions in your border. Elegant, softly arching habit. Blush white/lavender flowers are followed by purple berries in the fall. Black Mondo Grass is a truly amazing accent plant. Plant in combination containers or showcased among green or yellow foliaged perennials in the border. Ophiopogon may be evergreen in warmer zones.

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Plant Type Perennials

Species planiscapus

Height Short 6-8"

Spacing Plant 12" apart

Bloom Time Early Summer to Mid-Summer

Sun / Shade Full Sun to Half Sun / Half Shade

Zones 5-9

Soil Type Acidic, Sandy

Water Needs Medium

Sold In Plantable Pots (3.5x3.5x4")

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Special Features

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant
  • Dry Shade Tolerant
  • Edgers
  • OK in Containers

Ophiopogon General Information

Black Mondo Grass resembles Liriope and is a member of the Lily family. Plant in full sun to retain deep black color on strap-like foliage. Low maintenance choice for slopes, mass planting and rock gardens. Royal Horticultural Society and Missouri Botanical Garden Award Winner. Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

Ophiopogon Plant Care

Requires full sun for deepest black foliage. Prefers a moist, well-drained soil. Mow foliage at highest cutting height in late winter before new growth. Slow growing, clumping perennial.

Plantable Pots

Our plants are grown in 3.5x3.5x4” plantable pots. Made from 100% biodegradable coconut husk fibers (coir), these pots have tremendous advantages over plastic pots. With better air exchange, this "breathable" pot fosters robust root growth and reduces transplant shock since you can plant the pots directly in the ground. The pot naturally becomes part of the soil on its own over time—no composting required—and since they're made from a renewable resource that requires very little energy, they're earth-friendly too!

100% Guarantee

We offer a 100% unconditional guarantee for all our perennials to reach you in good condition and to grow. If you're not satisfied, we'll reship or refund immediately. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns—we share your passion for gardening and want your new plants to thrive in your border!

Shipping Details

We use custom, earth-friendly packaging to make sure your order arrives in great condition, and we ship based on the best planting time for your growing zone (see the approximate dates below), unless otherwise indicated at checkout. If you wish, you can indicate a specific ship date during checkout.


  • Zone 3, 4: Early to Mid May
  • Zone 5: Late April to Early May
  • Zone 6: Mid to Late April
  • Zone 7: Early to Mid April
  • Zone 8: Late March to Early April
  • Zone 9, 10: Late March


  • Zone 2, 3, 4: Early September
  • Zone 5: Early to Mid September
  • Zone 6: Mid September
  • Zone 7: Mid to Late September
  • Zone 8, 9, 10: Late September to Early October