Dwarf Mondo Grass
Dwarf Mondo Grass – Ophiopogon japonicus (Kyoto Dwarf) is a member of the lily family and is native to the shady forests and woodlands of Japan and Korea, thriving in moist soils and alongside streams. It is a clump-forming evergreen perennial which is grown for its carpet of leaves which ripple in the wind; adding a whole other dimension to your garden.
- Depending on the variety, the slender leaves grow from +-5 to 40cm long and curve back toward the ground, resembling blades of turf grass.
- These versatile little plants are excellent to plant in bog gardens or in moist soil next to water features and alongside streams and dams. ‘Kyoto Dwarf’ is a great groundcover and good for edging walkways and defining beds.
- Tall varieties are often planted next to the foundations of buildings to help disguise and soften them. If the dwarf cultivars like ‘Kyoto Dwarf’ are planted thickly they make an excellent maintenance free lawn substitute for small gardens, requiring no mowing; and are especially useful to plant on slopes because the dense mat of roots holds the ground exceedingly well, preventing water runoff.
- Dwarf varieties are also excellent planted between paving slabs and stepping stones, and are used extensively in Japanese pebble gardens; they also make a pretty edging plant for woodland and cottage gardens; geometric layouts, and in post modern and tropical schemes.
- Ophiopogon with its finely textured foliage provides a handsome backdrop for more colourful plants, making it a useful evergreen for mixed planters of seasonal annuals or perennials.