Ophiopogon  Black Dragon Grass Ophiopogon  Black Dragon Grass Ophiopogon  Black Dragon Grass
Ophiopogon  Black Dragon Grass
Ophiopogon  Black Dragon Grass
Ophiopogon  Black Dragon Grass

Ophiopogon  Black Dragon Grass

Perfect In Pots
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Easy To Grow
RHS Garden Merit
  • A most unusual, but almost indestructible, ground-covering, black-leaved grasslike plant
  • The black strappy leaves are a great foil for bold, bright and brash flowers
  • Very slow growing and spreading, they produce pretty little purple flowers in summer
  • Ideal for modern pots and planters with other foliage colours, or for covering dry and shady or sunny spots
  • Supplied as a pack of 3 two-year-old plants in 9cm pots, ready to plant straight out
Pack of 3 9cm potted - Item: 560219
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Product Description

This has to be one of the toughest and most indestructible garden plants  fully hardy, no maintenance required at all, and you can walk all over it!

Despite being called a 'grass', Ophiopogon is in fact a strappy leaved perennial. It is one of the very few so-called 'black' plants that are actually black  a year-round matt black backdrop to set off bolder and brighter garden features.

It is a very slow-spreading, carpet-forming plant, and can remain undisturbed for years, eventually forming a fair-sized clump. You can then chop it up with a spade in spring and create many more plants for free!

Superb when interplanted with small perennials, use it also as groundcover, be it in shade or sun, drought or wet  it is also great in modern mixed container plantings. Easy to grow and fully hardy, this plant is a real time saver, its evergreen colour a fabulous foil for bright golds, oranges and limes.

Fully deserving its coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit, you can be sure that this is a proven garden performer, guaranteed to be suitable for UK gardeners at every level of experience. You can therefore plant this in the garden with confidence, for stunning displays for many years to come  a versatile little gem!

What Is Supplied

Item 560219 supplied as:
Supplied as a set of 3 x 9cm potted plants, good clumps, several years old and very tough, to plant out at any time of the year.

Plant Information

Top Tips

Best grown on a rock garden, container or raised bed so that it can been seen to full effect.

Care Guide

Planting Advice for Ophiopogon Black Dragon Grass:

  • Plant in well-drained soil in full sun or light, dappled shade.
  • Before planting, water your potted plant well.
  • Dig a hole a little deeper and 3 x wider than the nursery pot.
  • Add a soil conditioner such as well-rotted manure to the earth removed from the hole if necessary.
  • Remove the plant from its pot and tease out a few of the roots.
  • Place your plant in the hole at the same level at the pot.
  • Refill the hole with the earth removed (backfilling) and firm the soil with your hand, avoiding the root ball.
  • Water well and mulch around the base of the plant with a collar, compost, gravel, bark etc.



Aftercare Advice for Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens':

  • Potted plants will need regular watering.
  • In autumn, top-dress plants with leaf mould.


Pruning advice for Black Dragon Grass:

  • Rake out any old, tired or dead leaves and flowers in spring.
  • If needed plants can be cut back by up to half from April to July - do not cut back in autumn or winter.
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Ophiopogon  Black Dragon Grass
Ophiopogon  Black Dragon Grass
Pack of 3 9cm potted
Item: 560219
RRP £19.99
Deal Price £14.99
Save: £5.00 - 25%