Dwarf Mondo Grass

Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nanus'

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Creates a lush groundcover of dense, dark green grass-like clumps. This evergreen dwarf form is only half the size of the species. Excellent as an edging plant or tucked into rocks for a pleasing contrast. Filtered sun. Slow growing clumps 4 to 6 in. tall. Division.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical Pronunciationo-fio-PO-gon ja-PON-i-kus
Average Size at MaturitySlowly forms foliage clumps only 4 to 6 in. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Design IdeasA smaller version of this Lily-like plant. It is the traditional groundcover of the Japanese garden, planted at the base of pagoda lights and stone basins. A fine groundcover that stays small, it's 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Tropical
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden, Edging, Coastal Exposure, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFiltered sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Key FeatureEasy Care Groundcover

Provide enriched, moist, well-drained soil. Shelter from harsh afternoon sun in hot summer regions. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Clumps may be divided every 2 to 3 years in early spring.

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