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OPHIOPOGON japonicus 'Nanus'

Image of Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nanus'

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

OPHIOPOGON japonicus 'Nanus'

Plant Common Name

Dwarf Lilyturf, Dwarf Mondo Grass, Japanese Lilyturf

General Description

Dwarf lilyturf is an evergreen, creeping, grass-like perennial native to Japan. The cultivar 'Nanus' is particularly dwarf. In summer, short spikes of small, tubular, often lilac-tinged white flowers appear amid the leaves. Dark blue berries follow.

Dwarf lilyturf does best in moist, humusy soil and full to partial sun. Plant it along a walkway or as a bed edge or ground cover, or use it to dress up a container planting.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    4"-5" / 10.2cm - 12.7cm

  • Width

    6"-12" / 15.2cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer

  • Native To

    Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Lavender

  • Fruit Color

    Blue Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Groundcover, Lawns and Turf, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No