Ophiopogon japonicus: Monkey Grass


Ophiopogon japonicus [Mondo grass, Fountain plant, monkey grass] is a species of Ophiopogon native to Japan. It is an evergreen, sod-forming perennial plant. The leaves are linear, 20–40 cm long. The flowers are white to pale lilac.

In traditional Chinese medicine Ophiopogon japonicus tuber is the cardinal herb for yin deficiency.


Ophiopogon japonicus is also grown as an ornamental plant, providing an excellent groundcover.

Photos: Atlanta, GA, United States [20120727]

Source: Wikipedia

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