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Ophiopogon planiscapus (lilyturf)

Lilyturf is a clump-forming perennial native to Japan, a dark-leaved cultivar of which is popular as an ornamental.
Ophiopogon planiscapus (lilyturf)

Ophiopogon planiscapus (lilyturf)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Ophiopogon planiscapus Nakai

Common name: 

lilyturf, mondo grass

Conservation status: 

Not assessed according to IUCN Red List criteria.

Habitat: 

Woods and thickets in lowlands and foothills.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Lilianae
Order: 
Asparagales
Family: 
Asparagaceae
Genus: Ophiopogon

About this species

Despite its grass-like leaves, lilyturf is actually a member of the asparagus family (Asparagaceae). The specific epithet planiscapus means ‘flattened scape’ and refers to the flattened flower-stalk of this species.

The cultivar Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ (also known as black lilyturf, black grass or black mondo grass) has blackish leaves and is a popular ornamental. This small but striking plant is often grown against a contrasting light background such as gravel or silvery foliage.

Synonym: 

Mondo planiscapum (Nakai) L.H.Bailey, Ophiopogon wallichianus var. leucanthus Makino, Ophiopogon planiscapus f. leucanthus (Makino) Okuyama

Genus: 
Ophiopogon

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