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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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