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Ophiopogon japonicus (Ophiopogon, Lily Turf )

Type Grass, Evergreen, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Spiky Foliage / Spiky Upright Form, Architectural Form
Size Spreading or Ground Hugging Plant
Colours White Flowers (Summer late), Dark green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Slow Growing Plant
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Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Ophiopogon japonicus:

  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Design & Plant Use for Ophiopogon japonicus:

  • Evergreen ground cover suitable for problematic dry soils in full sun
  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest
  • Ornamental grass for summer long foliage interest
  • Architectural plant with dramatic foliage suitable for hot dry spot
  • Ornamental grass ideal for drift planting in a sunny spot

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