Mondo grass

Ophiopogon japonicus

Mondo grass - Ophiopogon japonicus

Common Name: Mondo grass
Genus: Ophiopogon
Species: japonicus

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.30 m (30 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.40 m (40 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Pink, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained


The grass-like green leaves of this perennial will form tight clumps up to 15cm tall. From amongst these clumps flowerspikes emerge in summer bearing white but occasionally lilac flushed flowers. These are followed by fleshy rounded blue-black berries in autumn. This plant is useful as well as decorative as it is used quite a lot in Chinese medicine to treat coughs, fevers, insomnia and anxiety.

  • Garden care: Top-dress plants in autumn with leaf mould.



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