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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Very distinct and we think pretty darned choice Mondo Grass from our collection in Guizhou China. This is a sweety with wide leaves (it is all comparative when talking about Ophipogons) that twist and lay flat showing off their white striped undersides. This stays very low and is a slow grower with white flowers and blue fruit.
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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