Position

Sun exposure:
Dappled shade, full sun
Aspect:
East facing, north facing, south facing, west facing

Soil

Acidic / Clay / Heavy / Moist / Well Drained / Light / Sandy

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).

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Ophiopogon ‘Nigrescens’ and wildlife

Ophiopogon ‘Nigrescens’ has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Ophiopogon ‘Nigrescens’ poisonous?

Ophiopogon ‘Nigrescens’ has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:
Is not known to attract Birds
Birds
Is not known to attract Cats
Cats
Is not known to attract Dogs
Dogs
Is not known to attract Horses
Horses
Is not known to attract Livestock
Livestock
Is not known to attract People
People
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