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Also known variously as 'Black Dragon', 'Ebony Knight', or 'Arabicus', Ohiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' is an extraordinary looking plant, with purple-green leaves that turn jet black when grown in full sun and well-drained soil. Its dwarf habit means it's easily lost in a border, and so it's therefore best grown on a rock garden, container or raised bed. Left undisturbed it slowly forms fair-sized clumps and looks good interplanted with small perennials such as Geranium farreri. It also makes a good foil for dwarf rock garden bulbs in spring.
For best results, and the darkest foliage, grow Ohiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' in very well-drained soil in full sun. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Lavender
Foliage colour: Black
Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Time to divide plants: March to May
ophiopogun planiscapus blackbeard offers better coverage and growth, it was shortlisted in the top 20 best new plants at this years Chelsea, we have one growing in a pot on our balcony and it's quite spectacular. Also it had lovely mauve highly scented flowers followed by black berries.
I have grown mine as an edging plant at the front of a sunny border. It offsets the box behind it beautifully. Very easy to divide and grow more plants.
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