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Black is Beautiful. No, that statement has no connection with the Black Pride movement of the
60's, but it epitomizes how I feel about Ophiopogon planiscapus
nigrescens, one of the most unusual little plants I've ever grown and
quite a mouthful to pronounce.
Often referred to as "Black Mondo Grass", this cool little plant is actually a member of the Lily family and not a grass at all. I've been growing it for over 15 years now here in zone 5, although many of the books say it's hardy only to zone 7. It's a good thing that the plants can't read the books. If you have any doubts about Ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens surviving in your area, keep it inside on a windowsill for the first year. Not only will it make a great houseplant, but your "Black Mondo" will produce a plethora of offsets in the pot and you'll have a large clump to plant the following Spring.
It is sexy, silky, sultry, smooth, shiny and simply sensational to use in combination with lighter colored foliage. I first saw Ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens in the garden of Beth Chatto in England in the early 90's. She had it planted among some blueish Hostas and it gave me the idea to plant it among some golden Lysimachia nummularia 'aurea'. As you can see below, the black color is really highlighted by the gold. There are numerous companion plants that can play off the black color and I'm sure you'll come up with some brilliant combinations of your own.
I've been selling Ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens in 2" treeband ® pots for $10.00 ea plus $9.00 for UPS. Over the last few years, we've really put some effort into building a large stock so as to be able to reduce the price and I'm pleased to tell you that we have succeeded. The prices shown below include FREE SHIPPING on bareroot plants out of their 2" pots. If you would like to receive the plants undisturbed, in their pots, please add .95¢ per plant to cover the extra cost of shipping soil and pots.
3 for $ 25.00 delivered ($8.35 ea)
I look forward to sharing these valuable, useful and unusual plants with you.
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Last modified February 24, 2009