Ophiopogon Nigra - Black Ornamental Grass
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This plant is remarkable for its foliage, that’s is why it is an essential addition to your garden. Black or ornamental grass ophiopogon nigra is a mondo grass cultivar, and its leaves are a mixture of dark purple and jet black colour, grass like in appearance. 

This evergreen perennial is between 0.1-0.5m in height and have a spread of 0.1-0.5m. With a hardiness of H5, this amazing plant’s ideal position is either full sun or partial shade

Black ornamental grass ophiopogon nigra usually form a clump of leathery leaves with racemes of flowers that either white or mauve in color and are bell-shaped in the summer. It also produces glossy black berries afterwards. 

How to grow Ophiopogon Nigra

Black ornamental grass ophiopogon nigra thrives best in a moist but well-drained soil (the soil should be slightly acidic, humus-rich, and fertile) The best mode of propagation is by division in spring as soon as growth resumes.

This plant is suitable to many areas, such as patio and container plants, coastal, rock garden, city and courtyard gardens, banks and slopes, ground cover, underplanting of shrubs and roses, and low maintenance.

Some plant lovers wonder whether pruning is necessary for this plant. The truth is that it doesn’t need any form of pruning. You should instead be on the lookout for pests such as slugs. That is all you have to worry about because it is generally disease-free.

This plant is perfect if you want to add drama and contrast to your garden. Its durability and toughness ensures that a unique appearance is given to your garden all year long.

You can combine this plant with gold or silver foliage plants as well as caramel Heuchera. If you have deer and rabbits in your garden, you don’t have to worry because this plant is nibble resistant!

Black ornamental grass ophiopogon nigra is a recipient of the prestigious award of garden merit, awarded by the Royal Horticultural Society. It can survive in drought situations and is also resistant to salt. 


Last Modified: May 6, 2023