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OPHIOPOGON jaburan 'Vittatus'

Image of Ophiopogon jaburan 'Vittatus'

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

OPHIOPOGON jaburan 'Vittatus'

Plant Common Name

Blue Snake's Beard, Variegated Blue Snake's Beard

General Description

This perennial, ‘Vittatus,’ is descended from an elegant shade-loving, clumping plant traditional in the Asian garden and native to the woodlands of Japan where it came into cultivation early on. It offers the fine texture of an ornamental grass with attractive flowers quite similar to those of the closely related genus, Liriope. It produces many ground-level growing points from which numerous tightly packed ribbon-like leaves rise in a relaxed fountain shape. These leaves are medium-green with irregular creamy stripes that can range from a single edge or a whole leaf, giving ‘Vittatus’ a look of elegance. The plant spread by stolons (ground-hugging stems) that end in new growing points around it, eventually developing a tight-knit colony.

This plant blooms in late summer with upright or arching stalks that rise from the center of the plant. The stalks are topped with dense clusters of small white bell-shaped flowers. The flowers yield to showy pea-sized violet fruits that stand out in contrast against lighter leaves. This plant grows best in full sun with midday shade, or partial shade on humus-rich, well-drained soil. Use as a problem solver to crowd out weeds in Asian gardens. Use as a groundcover in shaded borders, or exploit its grassy look at the edges of water gardens and pools. Remove weather beaten leaves to keep the plant looking fresh year around.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    5, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Gold

  • Fruit Color

    Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Chartreuse

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes