Ophiopogon japonicus (L.f.) Ker Gawl.

Dwarf Mondo Grass

Lawn-forming herb to 25 cm high from a spreading rhizome. Leaves numerous, linear, perennial. Inflorescence slender, smooth, not exceeding the leaves. Flowers several, spreading, to 8 mm wide. Tepals white to pale violet-purple; summer. Seeds blue-black.

Japan, China and the Philippines.

Grown as a garden ornamental or shade-tolerant lawn plant in light to heavy shade. Sometimes used as a submerged aquatic in aquariums.

Source: Conran, J. (2005). Convallariaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nana'

Clump-forming miniature to 10 cm tall

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Asparagales
family       Asparagaceae
genus        Ophiopogon Ker Gawl.