Ophiopogon Nigrescens
Ophiopogon Nigrescens
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Ophiopogon Nigrescens

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This is an unspeakably cool plant. The strappy leaves of the edgy, ornamental grass – Ophiopogon Nigrescens – emerge from the ground a magical bottle green, before turning a bewitchingly inky black with textured striations. Delicate, pink summer flowers mature into attractive, deep blue/black berries in the autumn. A recipient of the RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit), for all round excellence in the garden.


Predictably, this darkest of grasses prefers the shadows, where its foliage provides an interesting foil for the shapely leaves of other shade-loving plants such as ferns or heucheras.

  • Flowers: June to August, followed by berries
  • Hardy
  • All soil types
  • South, East or West facing
  • Shade or partial shade

Tidy or if required cut back foliage in April - July, leave for the rest of the year