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Friday, June 1, 2012
Extremely Versatile Crystal Falls® Mondo Grass PP17430
plants are more versatile than others. Giant Lily Turf, Mondo Grass or Ophiopogon jaburan is a grassy-looking
plant that is actually in the lily family.
grows well outdoors as an evergreen groundcover or lawn substitute in areas
that are too shady for turf. For example, as the lawn thins out under a tree or
in the constant shade of a house, Mondo Grass is the perfect choice to provide
a fine texture with its clumps of narrow leaves. In the southeast, it is
well-known as an edger for pine islands or perennial beds, and it is also
striking in rockeries. Crystal Falls® Mondo Grass PP17430 Ophiopogon jaburan has sparkling white flowers and is a great
choice for all of these landscape applications, with its narrow leaves growing
24-30 inches in length. Sparkling white flowers in
July to September change to dark blue berries by November for an added
grass also doubles as a tough indoor houseplant. The fact that it is disease-
resistant and practically pest free is one plus. Because it grows outdoors in
shade, it is ideal for the lowered light levels indoors, another plus. In its
role as a houseplant, it can be planted in mixed containers as a dark green
evergreen “grass” in the tall- to mid-range in height, or in hanging baskets accompanied
by trailers like sweet potato vine or fan flower. The bonus here is that
Crystal Falls® Mondo Grass PP17430 contributes white flowers in late summer.
of aquatic plants suggest that both Ophiopogon
japonica and Ophiopogon jaburan (like Crystal Falls) be used for aquariums, terrariums and bog
plantings. The blunt-edged grassy leaves emerge in clumps and are particularly
desirable because they resemble ocean kelp when planted submerged in aquariums.
The consensus on the internet is that they last underwater for months (!),
rooting in the pebbles at the bottom, but ultimately need to be changed out.