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Mondo grass

Ophiopogon japonicus

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Mondo grass is a member of the Ophiopogon family. Its botanical name is Ophiopogon japonicus.

It is a grass / ornamental that typically grows as a perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more.

Mondo grass is known for its clump-forming habit and growing to a height of approximately 30.0 cm (11.7 inches). This plant tends to bloom in late spring.

Popular varieties of Mondo grass with home gardeners are Nana, Variegatus, Compactus, Nanus Variegatus and Albus.

Japan is believed to be where Mondo grass originates from.

Mondo grass is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Mondo grass have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Mondo grass

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Spreads by underground stolons and grows best in shade. Good for erosion control and defining beds.

Remember to water Mondo grass moderately. Use Zone 7 - Zone 10 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Mondo grass needs a soil ph of 6.1 to 6.5 (weakly acidic soil). Mondo grass is generally regarded as a half hardy plant, so remember to protect this plant from frosts and low temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Mondo grass to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Mondo grass from seed

Plant is best divided by the root ball as flowers are either sterile, or don’t come true to the plant.

Transplanting Mondo grass

Mondo grass is half hardy, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside - as a guideline, the minimum temperature outside should be approximately -15°C / 5°F.

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Mondo grass Folklore & Trivia

In Chinese medicine, the tuber of this plant is known as mai men dong, is the cardinal herb for yin deficiency.

Other names for Mondo grass

Fountain plant, Monkey grass

Ophiopogon japonicus (L. f.) Ker Gawl.

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