A small evergreen perennial growing to 8″ tall that spreads slowly over time. It is highly useful due to the jet-black color of its leaves and is a great groundcover. New growth is a dark dark green towards the base of the leaves and darkens towards the tips. It tends to stay greener if planted in full sun. It grows from short rhizomes, and bears tufts of grass-like leaves, from which white to lavender flowers emerge in racemes held on short stems above the leaves. Produces black berries.
It is native to Japan, where it grows on open and forested slopes.
Pronunciation: oh-fee-oh-POH-gon plan-ih-SKAY-pus
Species Meaning: Flat trunk, stem
Ophiopogon planiscapus is native to Japan.
Best in part sun or light shade, with regular watering. When it gets too much sun, the leaves tend to be more green.
Easily propagated by division.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P16001
It is planted in several locations in the garden including along the Tea House walk and several in the Tuxedo garden.