Sunday, 12 June 2016

How to grow black grass Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'

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We have a tropical theme going on in our garden, with lots of large leaved and contrasting plants. To give the garden some vertical height we have some hanging baskets dotted around the walls.

Having been disappointed in a traditional flower display I am slowly changing the planting from bedding to succulents, ferns and other exotic looking plants. The black grass, Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens', will fit in perfectly with this theme.

 Belonging to the family Asparagaceae, Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' is a evergreen perennial, forming clumps of narrow strap-shaped black leaves. Growing to a height of 20 cm, Ophiopogon forms grass like tufts and forms small white flowers on a leafless stem during in the summer. 

Ophiopogon likes a well drained, light, acidic and moist soil in a south, east or west facing position. Although they will grow in sun or partial shade, position in full sun or your black leaves will turn purple-green. You can divide these clump forming plants in the spring.

How to grow black grass Ophiopogon planiscarpus 'Nigrescens'
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