Ophiopogon japonicus ‘Nanus’

dwarf mondo grass

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Outstanding Qualities

A petite version of mondo grass with all the same great benefits with its lush, shiny straps of grass-like green foliage. This easy care perennial with its tufts of evergreen leaves spreads very slowly, but by using multiple plants one could easily create a groundcover over time. It also makes a fine edging plant or growing amidst rocks.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 11

Sun/Light Exposure: light to dappled shade

Water Requirements: regular or occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: year-round dwarf evergreen perennial

Culture Notes
Plant dwarf mondo grass in light to dappled shade in well-drained soil. Water occasionally to regularly depending on the conditions.
Geek Notes
'Nanus' is a dwarf selection of Ophiopogon japonicus which is native to not only Japan, but China, India, and Viet Nam as well. The habitat of O. japonicus is forests, dense scrub, and shady places in ravines, on slopes, cliffsides, and along streams (650 to 9,000 feet - 200 to 2800m).