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OPHIOPOGON japonicus 'Variegatus'

Image of Ophiopogon japonicus 'Variegatus'

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

OPHIOPOGON japonicus 'Variegatus'

Plant Common Name

Dwarf Lilyturf

General Description

This is a variegated cultivar of a clumping grass-like evergreen perennial native to Japan. The leaves of ‘Variegatus’ are strap-shaped, leathery, upright or arching, and elegantly striped along their length by narrow white edges and green centers. The small white bell-shaped flowers appear in loose clusters at the end of short upright or arching stalks in summer, followed by small blue-black berries.

Like other lilyturf, ‘Variegatus’ grows best in full sun with midday shade, or in partial shade, and humus-rich, well-drained but moist soil. It makes a thick, tall, turfy groundcover, spreading by long rhizomes (underground stems) and is useful in a mixed border for its grassy look.Plant it along a walkway, in the rock garden, or as a bed edge or ground cover, or use it to dress up a container planting. Its tuberous roots make it somewhat tolerant of drought. Remove weatherbeaten leaves to keep the plant looking fresh

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

    8"-14" / 20.3cm - 35.6cm

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • 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 (Spring) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • 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