• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full shade to filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 4 to 6 in. tall, spreading slowly to 2 to 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Asian Garden
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:o-fio-PO-gon
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Mounding
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Reaches 4 to 6 in. tall, spreading slowly to 2 to 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Tropical
    Design IdeasMondo grass is the traditional groundcover of the Japanese garden, planted at the base of pagoda lights and stone basins. Perfect for entry gardens, courtyards and atriums. Very good as an edge plant for water gardens or arranged around the base of fountains. Plant as a linear edging in formal shade gardens or in small clusters in Asian gardens. Great for geometric layouts in postmodern and tropical schemes.
    Companion PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Ligularia (Ligularia); Hosta (Hosta); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in humus-rich, well-drained soils with consistent moisture. Avoid harsh sun exposures. Follow a regular watering schedule during first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, prune old foliage before new leaves emerge. Feed with a slow-release fertilizer. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full shade to filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    The seed of this species were collected in Taiwan in 2007, growing in dense shade at moderate elevations of about 3,500 ft. Plant explorer Daniel J. Hinkley was attracted the very narrow and long leaves which possessed a wonderful texture, and he brought the seeds of this garden-worthy species to Monrovia for propagation and trial.