One of the cutest Mondo Grasses around! This little Chinese species has very fine leaves making a tight little mound which is decorated with white flowers in spring. The flowers are not what grabs us though as they give way to rounded oval shiny blue fruits that beg to be admired. Easy in part shade.
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Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Edge of Night'
A subtle sport of the Black Mondo Grass 'Nigrescens' with the thinnest edge of white along one side of the leaf. This was introduced by Collector's Nursery and named by the late clever wordsmith Bill Jansen who was one of the owners. Bill had a gift for naming plants as many of you conifer collectors well know.
Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Kokuryu' syn. 'Nigrescens'
Black Mondo Grass. One of the classiest ornamentals and maybe the best for providing color and textural contrast, this can find a home in any garden. Fairly drought tolerant but thriving in more moist situations, this has evergreen (or everblack) leaves with pink flowers and shiny black pearl seeds. The cultivar names 'Nigrescens', 'Niger', and 'Black Dragon' have been very recently subsumed into 'Kokuryu'.
Our collection from Yunnan, China of this evergreen member of the Asparagaceae. We collected seed of this back in 1997 on a partly shaded slope of tumbled mossy boulders where it grew under the tree peony, Paeonia delavayi. This has small white flowers followed by glossy blue-black fruit. Totally care-free and these are from division.
Ophiopogon sp. CDHM 14659
Our collection from Leigongping in Guizhou in October of 2012. This had narrow evergreen leaves to 16" with clusters of blue fruit and was growing in a mixed deciduous forest of Castanea, Carpinus and Fagus with nearby shrubs of Skimmia and Symplocos.
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Ophiopogon sp. CDHM 14679
Mondo Grass. Our collection from Asia. This was shorter-growing than the other species we observed in the area and the leaves were comparatively glossier. The autumn blue fruit was oval shaped and we could only hope the flowers would be good. Our hopes were not misplaced as the white flowers are large for an Ophiopogon and different than our other collections. This is a dense carpeter rather than a clumper.
Ophiopogon sp. cf. umbraticola H2MD063
A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering. Keying Ophiopogon requires a keener taxonomic mind than we possess plus a bottle of sippin' whiskey within easy reach as it is a frustrating endeavor. This is a little gem forming loose open tussocks of fine bladed grassy green leaves which provides excellent viewing of the comparatively large brilliant blue fruit.
Ophiopogon sp. CGG 14041
Our collection from Guizhou in an area famed for its vast diversity and density of Rhododendron species. It was really quite staggering to see even in the fall when all was out of flower. This little Mondo Grass in the wild had narrow evergreen leaves to 6" with 8" flower stems bearing up to 7 glossy blue-black fruits.
Ophiopogon sp. FMWJ 13118
2011 collection of this very attractive species from Dragon's Tooth in Lao Cai, Vietnam at 1700 meters. This rare Mondo Grass makes good evergreen clumps with narrow arching leaves up to 20" long with showy lavender flowers with darker flecks. Any plant from a place called Dragon's Tooth should be pretty tough as well as bringing a bit of magic to your garden.
Ophiopogon sp. NV 095
Our Asian collection of yet another Ophiopogon or Mondo Grass. Through the Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy, we are very keen on acquiring documented collections of this complex and taxonomically challenging genus as such collections are needed to get the genus properly sorted. Narrow grassy leaves to 15" and purplish fruit. Flowers unknown. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy.
Ophiopogon umbraticola 'Sparkler'
This is an indicator plant useful for delineating highly refined plant geeks. Perfection of scale and form with very narrow slightly curled leaves and delicate white flowers followed by improbably rich blue shiny fruit. Involuntary moaning is perfectly acceptable. Very slow clumper.
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Ophiopogon/Liriope sp. NV 077
A wild collection introduced by Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy hoping to shine some light into the taxonomic murkiness that is these genera. Perhaps our unflinching ambiguity in assigning it to two possible genera is an indication. From a high elevation within its range, this should have good hardiness. Evergreen leaves 18" long by 1/2" wide with blue fruit. Flowers unknown. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy.