Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'

Key Information

  • Botanical name: Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'
  • Plant type: Perennial

Height: 20cm

Spread: 30cm

Flower colour:
  • Purple
Foliage colour:
  • Black
  • Features: Dramatic foliage, Flowers

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Also known variously as 'Black Dragon', 'Ebony Knight', or 'Arabicus', Ophiopogon 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 Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' in very well-drained soil in full sun. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Needs regular watering in pots
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

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