Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Kokuryu'

Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Kokuryu’

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. ┬áIt 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.

Cultivation Notes

Best in part sun or light shade, with regular watering. When it gets too much sun, the leaves tend to be more green.

Propagation Notes

Easily propagated by division.

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P16001

Found in Tea House, Tuxedo Lane,

It is planted in several locations in the garden including along the Tea House walk and several in the Tuxedo garden.

Family: Asparagaceae

Genus: Ophiopogon

Species: planiscapus

Variety: Kokuryu

Commonly known as: Black Mondo Grass

Height: <3ft

Spread: <3ft

Growth Habit:
Groundcover
Perennial
Sun Needs:
Part Shade
Part Sun
Soil Type:
Average Soil
Well-drained
Season of Interest:
Autumn
Spring
Summer
Winter

Resistant to Deer and Rabbit.

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