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Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' / Lilyturf)

Genus: Ophiopogon.

Species: Ophiopogon planiscapus.

Spring 2011, given by Kath (and OH bought one too)

オオバジャノヒゲ・コクリュウ 大葉蛇の髭・黒竜〔'Kokuryu'〕

Common Name: Lilyturf / Black Dragon / Ebony Knight / Arabicus
Genus: Ophiopogon
Species: planiscapus
Cultivar: 'Nigrescens'
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Hardiness: Hardy
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Moist
Height: 20cm
Spread: 30cm
Time to divide plants: March to May

As it is so dwarf, it is easily lost in a border and looks best grown on a rock garden or raised bed. Left undisturbed it slowly forms fair-sized colonies and looks good interplanted with small wandering perennials, such as Geranium farreri with its contrasting, lacy foliage and fragile pink flowers. It also makes a good foil for dwarf rock garden bulbs in spring. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Photos of this plant

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