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Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nana'

Phonetic Spelling
oh-fee-oh-POH-gon jah-PON-ih-kus NAH-nah
Description

Dwarf Mondo is a low-growing evergreen mondo grass that slowly spreads by short underground stolons to form a 6-inch clump. The blade-like arching leaves are an attractive dark green and the berries that follow the flowers are bright blue. It is resistant to deer and rabbit damage.

Plant in average moist, well-drained soil in partial sun. It can be used as a low edger, between stepping stones or a rock garden. It can tolerate some foot traffic so it makes a great lawn alternative for low-traffic areas.  

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VIDEO created by Andy Pulte for “Landscape Plant Identification, Taxonomy and Morphology” a plant identification course offered by the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Tennessee.

 

More information on Ophiopogon japonicus.

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See this plant in the following landscapes:
Part Shade Garden
Cultivars / Varieties:
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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#white flowers#lawn alternative#ncemgva2018#deer resistant#children's garden#playground plant#groundcover#mccarthy memorial garden#landscape plant sleuths course
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ophiopogon
    Species:
    japonicus
    Family:
    Asparagaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Play Value:
    Textural
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 3 in. - 0 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 4 in. - 0 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Mounding
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Blue
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Description:
    The berries are blue
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Raceme
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Short racemes of white flowers
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Dark green strap-shaped leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Design Feature:
    Mass Planting
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Foot Traffic