Ophiopogon japonicus
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Ophiopogon japonicus

dwarf lilyturf
dwarf mondo grass

  family ophiopogonaceae 
  genus ophiopogon 

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Genus  Ophiopogon Species  japonicus Variety  Cultivar  Common names  dwarf lilyturf   dwarf mondo grass Family  OPHIOPOGONACEAE Specimen number  S11332 Data source  HtZn p147
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Evergreen Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  6" - 1' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water  Moist, well drained Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 07a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 12-03 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Ophiopogon japonicus has a colorful display of berries in the fall and early winter. Dwarf lilyturf (also known as dwarf mondo grass) can survive cold winter nights that go as low as 0 Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat. Full sun to partial shade is ideal for this species. It usually does best in moist, well drained soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  yes Desirable qualities    Other interest  metallic blue pea sized berries Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Ophiopogon japonicus is a perennial. Dwarf lilyturf (locally known in some parts as dwarf mondo grass) is evergreen. Leaves: This plant has grass like leaves in clumps. Flowers: This species has tiny inconspicuous flowers. Blossoms appear in June and continue through August. The blossoms are usually an aquamarine color.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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