This lush ground cover often referred to as ‘monkey grass’ in the south, will instantly enhance the aesthetic quality of your landscape. Meet the Dwarf Mondo Grass!
And the best part? Mondo dwarf grass is both low maintenance and drought tolerant, making it ideal for shady areas (not full sun!) and the gardener who wants the beautiful yard without all the hard work.
The Dwarf Mondo Grass plant makes for an elegant, lush ground cover of dense, dark green leaved grass-like clumping forms. The dwarf variety type of monkey grass is excellent as an edging plant or can be tucked into rocks or around stepping stones for nice green foliage contrast. Will help deter weed growth if planted as a border plant and looks striking in mass plantings with geometric layouts or used as a traditional groundcover.
This low growing grass species keeps its green color all through the year and has a very low risk of pests. When it is actively growing, this mondo grass ophiopogon japonicus is perfect in the garden planted or in rock gardens to create borders and keep out weeds.
Dwarf Mondo Grass Care
Plant the dwarf grass in full shade or part shade but it can tolerate full sun locations if it is well irrigated at the time of germination and establishment. The best time to plant is early spring but the dwarf monkey grass is easy to grow and could be planted at any time (besides frost) and still thrive!
Planted mondo grass grows best in well drained soil and may produce white flowers if maintained. The grass looks wonderful planted around other plants and trees as an accent piece.
This ornamental grass stays small and compact at 6 inches tall and 8 inches wide. Grow the dwarf grass across the United States in USDA growing zones 6-11 and has slight cold hardiness. They’re also deer resistant!
An organic fertilizer like compost or slow release fertilizer during the growing season will help this plant thrive. Water regularly the first year of planting to establish an extensive root system for the plant to flourish for years to come. It is resistant to drought after being established in the lanscape.
Planting monkey grass is easy and it has a spreading growth habit in your small garden or landscape!
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It is commonly seen planted amongst Japanese gardens as a traditional groundcover.
To learn more about the care of Dwarf Mondo Grass visit our blog When to Cut Back Ornamental Grasses.
Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nanus'
- Low maintenance
- Drought resistant