Taiwan Mondo Grass
Taiwan Mondo Grass
Ophiopogon formosanumItem #5566 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 9
Exceptional fine-textured, light green foliage adds great interest to shady beds and borders. White summer flowers are followed by showy blue fruit. Brought to Monrovia by Dan Hinkley, this unique species from Taiwan slowly spreads to form a small, dense patch. A perfect groundcover under the canopy of large trees. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full shade to filtered sunWatering Needs:Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.Average Landscape Size:Reaches 4 to 6 in. tall, slowly spreading 2 to 3 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:o-fio-PO-gonDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:MoundingGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Reaches 4 to 6 in. tall, slowly spreading 2 to 3 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:WhiteDesign 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)
- CareCare InformationThrives in humus-rich, well-drained soils with consistent moisture. Avoid harsh sun exposures. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. For a tidy appearance, remove old, faded foliage and apply fertilizer in early spring.Light Needs:Full shade to filtered sunWatering Needs:Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
- History & LoreHistory: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.