Ophiopogon japonicus 'Variegata' aka "Variegated Monkey Grass"
Thinly striped / variegated perennial grass blades are just one of the many attractive features of Variegated Mondo Grass. Forms nice, dense clumps of variegated grassy 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. Variegation is a very attractive, creamy white to pastel yellow....depending on sun exposure, and soil type.
During the summer months, Mondo Grass puts forth a stunning display of brightly colored lilac flowers..........giving the grass a spark of color. Variegated 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
Mature Width: 12 - 15 inches ( will spread through rhizomes if allowed )
Growth Rate: Moderate
Hardiness Zones: 7 - 10 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
Sun Exposure: Full sun to full shade
Soil Preference: Average to slightly acidic - well drained........will adapt to a wide variety of soil compositions. Drought tolerant.
Foliage Color & Texture: Blades are a much finer texture than most Liriope varieties - very, very soft to the touch. Color is a nice dark green with fine striping / variegation of creamy white to light pastel yellow.
Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: 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 a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.