The grass that is not an herb… Ophiopogon

Well known as the “black grass”, all black Ophiopogon or not … are interesting in gardening. This week we approach this curious species of the family of the Lili├íceas.

Yes, of the Lili├íceas and not of the Poaceas. Therefore it is not an “herb” in the strict botanical sense of the word.

They are flat-leafed plants, I speak in general because it is a genus that encompasses several species. Those used in gardening have an intense green color, some variegated or the most striking a very peculiar blackish tone, which gives this nickname for many fans of “black grass”

They are plants of an approximate size of about 15-20cm. Creating groups of individuals generating kills in a globose way. Since the leaves are falling.

They produce small white flowers that, if fertilized, will generate small bluish-colored fruits that stand out especially in green leaf varieties.

It could be said that unless it is not an herb it would be an ideal herb for the garden, it can grow in the shade or in the sun (as long as it has frequent watering and can withstand the sun, some varieties are more or less resistant to the king star). Their way of growing makes them ideal for upholstering spaces, getting a thick “meadow” with different texture. It is not necessary to reap it and in some cases it can resist something that is stepped on (but it is not ideal) It is resistant to all types of floors. It also resists frost.

We can easily multiply it by killing division.

I suppose that many fans know it or associate it with gardens of oriental style (its origin is Asia) or of more modern design of minimalist type or with abundant use of grasses.

Therefore if you like these styles I would recommend using it, taking advantage of its tolerance to the shade would be a candidate for spaces where the grass does not grow well. It also occurs to me that we can use variegates or blacks for compositions of plants of similar colors or in contrast to contrast or highlight a plant of much lighter tones for example.

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