OPHIOPOGON jaburan 'Vittatus'
Plant Common Name
Blue Snake's Beard, Variegated Blue Snake's Beard
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.
AHS Heat Zone
12 - 1
USDA Hardiness Zone
3 - 9
5, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Bulb or Corm or Tuber
Full Sun, Partial Sun
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer