Immergreen snakeweed - black-purple ornamental grass with flowers
The exotic Ophiopogon Planiscapus Niger (Japanese snakeweed) belongs to the asparagus family (subfamily Nolinoideae, order Liliaceae, species Maigl;ckchen, genus Snakeweed). It is also called "Black Dragon" and resembles "sturdy grass. Its long, elastic leaves, however, are of an unusual colour, they are black-purple-glossy! Japanese snakebeard grows in upright bunches that bend outwards from the centre like small fountains. Its small, pretty flowers are light purple, slightly bell-shaped and popular with bees and butterflies. In autumn, round, blue-black berries grow that are not edible. Black-leaved snakeweed grows 10 to 15cm high. Ophiogon likes locations where the soil remains slightly moist, then it also tolerates sun; Japanese snakeweed prefers to grow in the shade or partial shade of other plants. Ophiopogon also loves a shady terrace, a balcony with little light or a backyard. When planted in a border, Japanese snakeweed shines as an ornamental perennial and ideal ground cover; it also looks very impressive planted around a border next to lighter-coloured stones and plants. Two suggestions, combine Black Snakeweed with white;flowering plants that also love partial shade. Vinca minor Gertrude Jekyll has abundant small, white flowers that thrive well white grass carnation has particularly showy, umbellate white flowers. You can also plant Ophiopogon well in the shade of the green-leaved, multifaceted Heaven Bamboo (Holy Bamboo) with red berries.
Healthy Halloween plant in the Zen garden
Black-leaved snakeweed loves humus-rich soil, but will also tolerate sandy soil and gravel beds. This is why Ophiopogon can be found in gardens such as rhododendron gardens, perennial gardens, rock gardens, next to bonsais (the Zen garden is a Japanese rock garden) or Japanese gardens. In a pot, a planting bowl or a window box, black-leaved snakeweed also develops its special flavour; it should be fertilised in a pot once a month. There is no need to cut back the black and purple Ophiopogon, it grows slowly and is in no hurry to spread. Once planted, it does well and needs little care. The snake's beard is hardy, but you can do it a favour by protecting it from frost with some foliage. Potted plants should be brought indoors in winter, as this is better for their roots. Ophis means snake, pogon means beard (Greek), planiscapus niger means flat and black (Latin).
Buy Ophiopogon Plniscapus Niger
Ophiopogon is chic as a single plant and as a planter (12 plants per square metre), very decorative, vigorous and healthy. Buy Black Snakeweed, it's a good choice. Get the asparagus spice with a difference!
Black snakebeard lives up to its name visually. It grows grass-like and overhanging and is also ideal for decorating tall containers. The evergreen, almost black foliage can also be planted as ground cover. Ophiopogon Planiscapus Niger forms beautiful, white-purple flowers. In autumn, small blue-black fruits form on the snake's beard. Ophiopogon planiscapus "Niger" loves a spot in full sun, but also does well in partial shade or even in the shade. Find a prominent area in your garden to enjoy the special snake's beard. As a ground cover, the snake's beard grows 10cm to 15cm tall. The best neighbours for the snake's beard are lavender, pachysandra and evergreens. Winter protection is advisable in case of frost. These plants are excellent for planting in areas. For 1 square metre you need about 12 plants. The plants are pot-grown, so you can use these plants all year round.