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Mondo Grass

OPHIOPOGON (Mondograss)
Ophiopogon japonicus (​oh-fee-oh-POE-gon ja-PON-eh-cus)

Evergreen - Shade/Part Shade

Height 8″–10″ groundcover Spacing 9″

HABIT:  Low-growing, grasslike groundcover. Grows in clumps but spreads by rhizomes to form solid mass.
CULTURE:  Best in shade or partial shade but will grow in sun. Needs even moisture and regular fertilization. Mow down once a year in late winter just before the new growth breaks.
USES:  Low groundcover for small to medium size areas.
PROBLEMS:  Nematodes, rabbits.
NOTES:  Also called mondograss and sometimes monkey grass. A dwarf form, O. japonicus ‘Nana,’ is very compact, dark green, and slow-growing. It should be planted at least 6″ on center. A black form exists that is expensive and extremely slow-growing. Native to Japan and Korea.


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