Black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens') is one of the most distinctive of all garden plants with its true black, plastic-like, strappy, grass-like, evergreen leaves that form slowly spreading mounds and mats. It always makes a dramatic impact in any planting. White to pale lavender flowers appear in the summer followed by deep purple-black berries. Unendingly useful for plant combinations in pots, along pathways, in garden beds, and as a ground cover. Make sure to contrast it with lighter foliage such as golds, greens, oranges, and reds to help the dark foliage show up against dark soil. Tolerant of full sun to shade. Most sites suggest zone 6 hardiness but I grew it many decades ago in zone 5b.
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