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Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ – Black Mondo Grass

Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ – Black Mondo Grass

Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’, or Black Mondo Grass, is a unique perennial known for its striking, nearly black foliage and lavender to white flowers in summer, followed by dark berries. This low-growing plant creates an excellent ground cover or edging for paths and garden beds, providing a sharp contrast against green plants or lighter hardscapes. Drought-tolerant once established and requiring minimal care, Black Mondo Grass is ideal for adding texture, color, and sophistication to any garden setting, from contemporary to traditional.


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6-Pack, 9-Pack, Single

Common Name

Black Mondo Grass


Herbaceous Perennial




6, 7, 8, 9

Height Range (ft.)

0.75 to 1.00

Spread (ft.)

0.75 to 1.00

Bloom Time

August, July

Bloom Description



Full Sun, Part Shade





Suggested Use








Product Description

Introducing the captivating allure of Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’, commonly referred to as Black Mondo Grass. This ornamental grass-like perennial is celebrated for its deep purple-black leaves that provide an extraordinary contrast in the garden landscape. With its slow-spreading habit and compact growth, Black Mondo Grass is as versatile as it is visually striking, making it a favored choice for gardeners seeking to add depth and interest to their outdoor spaces.

Why Black Mondo Grass?

  1. Dramatic Coloration: The almost black foliage offers a dramatic backdrop for its delicate lavender to white blooms in summer, followed by shiny black berries that attract birds.
  2. Versatile Use: Ideal for creating borders, ground covers, or for adding contrast in rock gardens and mixed containers.
  3. Low Maintenance: Once established, it is drought-tolerant and requires little care, thriving in a range of conditions from full sun to part shade.
  4. Year-Round Interest: Its evergreen foliage ensures that your garden remains vibrant and textured throughout the year, even in winter.

Cultivation Tips

  1. Light Requirements: Prefers partial shade but can tolerate full sun in cooler climates, provided it receives adequate moisture.
  2. Soil Conditions: Thrives in well-drained, fertile soil; tolerant of a range of soil types, including sandy and clay soils.
  3. Watering: Regular watering is recommended until fully established; thereafter, Black Mondo Grass is relatively drought-resistant.
  4. Spacing: Plant approximately 6-8 inches apart to allow for its clumping growth habit, creating a dense carpet of foliage over time.

Design Ideas for Your Garden

Black Mondo Grass’s unique color and texture make it a standout addition to any garden design. Use it to edge pathways or garden beds for a refined look, intersperse it among brighter green plants for striking contrast, or plant it in mass for a bold, contemporary ground cover. Its distinctive appearance also makes it an excellent choice for accentuating modern gardens or adding sophistication to shade gardens.

Ecological Benefits

While primarily ornamental, Black Mondo Grass can also contribute to the garden ecosystem by providing ground cover that helps retain soil moisture and reduce erosion. Its berries offer a food source for birds during the late summer and fall.

Embrace the dark beauty of Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ in your garden. Whether used for its aesthetic appeal or practical benefits, Black Mondo Grass is a resilient, easy-care plant that adds mystery and elegance to any landscape.


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