|Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'|
|Lilyturf, Ornamental Black Grass|
|Although, true to its common name, this evergreen plant is both ornamental and black, it is not a grass! It forms clumps of glossy, purple-black leaves (some may occasionally be dark-green), with spikes of pale purplish-pink flowers in autumn, followed by glossy black berries. It grows only about 6 inches high and works well at the front of the border, either planted in a row for a more formal effect or dotted around where there's space. Makes a wonderful contrast with light-green and variegated plants.
NOTE: Plants, when available, are usually sourced to order from the garden and sometimes there is more than one off-shoot to a root system. There may be variable amounts of root and/or top growth, but this is not a fussy plant and all will thrive and spread happily if given the usual care when planting.
|Sowing and/or growing instructions|
|Very easy and trouble-free. Split plants in spring if they become crowded. Plants grown from seed may occasionally produce dark green foliage.|