Ophiopogon japonicus 'Mondo' aka "Monkey Grass"
Deep, dark green perennial grass blades are just one of the many attractive features of Green Mondo Grass. Forms nice, dense clumps of dark green foliage which makes it an excellent choice for anything from rock gardens, borders along walkways, erosion control on slopes, or small groundcover type applications. Extremely easy to grow & maintain - spreads easily through rhizomes.
During the summer months, Mondo Grass puts forth a stunning display of brightly colored lilac flowers..........giving the grass a spark of color with good contrast against the very dark green foliage. Mondo Grass works equally as well in very shaded areas, as it does in full sun also. Very popular choice for a carefree, no maintenance planting in any foreground, or groundcover area - regardless of soil composition, sun exposure, etc.
Plant Facts & Specifications
Mature Height: 12 - 15 inches ( flower spikes go up to about 18" or so on mature clumps )
Mature Width: 12-15 inches ( will spread through rhizomes if allowed )
Growth rate: Moderate ( 6"- 8" avg per yr )
Sun Exposure: Full sun to full shade
Soil Preference: Average to slightly acidic - well drained........will adapt to a wide variety of soil compositions.
Foliage Color & Texture:
Evergreen / Grasslike - Blades
are a much finer texture than most Liriope varieties - very, very soft
to the touch. Color is a very dark green year round.
Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: Flowers - Nice
display of bright lilac colored flowers throughout the summer months in
most all areas. Flower bloom usually peaks in mid July, but flowers are
generally observed well into early September.
Diseases / Insects: None to mention
Recommended Spacing: 12"
apart for most applications such as mass plantings, groundcover,
erosion control. Widen spacing to at least 2 ft apart if you want
distinction between individual clumps.
Deer Resistance Rating: Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance
Fertilization / Feeding: For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend POOPeas
for use with all of our ornamental grasses.
However, either water soluble ( Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or
granular fertilizers ( Holly Tone is excellent ) are also good options. Most any granular fertilizers with a 6-12-12, or
10-10-10 ratio are also acceptable. Best to fertilize in early spring,
and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers
during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. POOPeas may be used at anytime.Additional Features & Characteristics:
Drought Tolerant: Mondo
Liriope Grass has shown itself to have exceptional drought tolerance,
and a fairly low overall water requirement once established.
Shade Tolerant Selection: This variety has shown to thrive quite well in shadier locations in addition to full / part sun settings.