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Ophiopogon japonicus /Mondo Grass, Monkey Grass, Mondo

Ophiopogon japonicus  / Ophiopogon japonicus
Dark green foliage in heavy shade
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Dark green foliage in heavy shade

Excellent coverage on a slope

Large area of ground cover in shade to partial sun

A whimsical use of mondo dressing this poodle

A huge planting of beautifully maintained mondo in a Baton Rouge garden

Mondo does exceptionally well in deep shade like beneath the canopy of a large live oak

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Scientific Name: Ophiopogon japonicus
Common Name: Mondo Grass, Monkey Grass, Mondo
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: Under 1 foot
Spread: to 1 foot
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Purple
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Black
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Comments: This mildly invasive perennial is best established in fall. It makes one of the finest ground covers for shady areas. It is also used for borders. Once established, raise the lawn mower blade and cut the foliage in late winter. This will make the grass appear fresher and remove damaged foliage. Do not mow or otherwise remove the foliage after the foliage begins to grow. Volunteer vegetation like grass and weeds can be a problem in plantings growing in full sunlight