LIRIOPE: BLACK MONDO
LATIN NAME: OPHIOPOGON PLANISCAPUS 'NIGRESCENS'
This perennial evergreen has dark purple-black foliage that blooms numerous dark purple spikes followed by groups of purple berries in the fall. Clumps grow to be 5-6 inches tall and wide. This versatile plant may be placed on slopes and at the base of trees, and is ideal for groundcover, mass planting, borders and edging.
Amount of Sunlight: Full sun to full shade
Amount of Water: Water regularly; more frequent watering in extreme heat; Drought tolerant
Soil Conditions: Adaptable to most soils; Prefers well-drained and acidic soil Cold Hardiness Zone: 5-10
This low-maintenance evergreen needs a regular water schedule to ensure the growth of a mature root system. After the mature root system is established, watering is needed occasionally, except during a drought, watering is needed regularly. Pruning old foliage, preferably before spring, is recommended to maintain a well-groomed appearance.