Ophiopogon / Lily of the valley Niger (Ophiopogon planiscapus Niger) - very showy evergreen perennial with numerous almost black leaves.
Description Ophiopogon / Lily of the valley Niger (Ophiopogon planiscapus Niger). Forms hummocky bushes up to 20-25 si. Leaves are linear, thin, arcuate, almost black with a metallic shade. It blooms in July-August with white-pink bell-shaped flowers, collected in inflorescences of 3-8 pieces. Differs in abundant fruiting: forms numerous fleshy blue-black berries. Resistant plant, diseases and pests are rarely affected. Winter hardiness zone 5 (-29C).
Ophiopogon - herbaceous perennial, a representative of the Liliaceae family, grows naturally in East Asia. The underground part of the plant is represented by a branched rhizome located shallow in the ground. Numerous basal linear leaves from 15 to 35 cm long form a rather dense dense bush. Depending on the variety, the color of the leaves varies from dark green to gray-violet, can be monochromatic or with white stripes. Ophiopogon blooms from July to September, emitting spike-shaped inflorescences consisting of small purple flowers.
Planting site of Ophiopogon / Lily of the valley Niger (Ophiopogon planiscapus Niger). A well-lit or slightly shaded area is suitable for planting an ophiopogon, and in the second case, more abundant flowering is noted, but constant strong shading inhibits the development of the plant. The soil needs to be loose, water and air permeable, without stagnant water. It is recommended to add sand, leafy soil and humus to the garden soil.
Planting and leaving Ophiopogon / Lily of the valley Niger (Ophiopogon planiscapus Niger). Plants are planted in open ground in spring, but autumn planting in August-September is also allowed, followed by shelter from frost. Planting is recommended to be mulched with humus or grass. In leaving, ophiopogon is undemanding, it tolerates extreme heat well, but still prefers a moderate temperature. Weeding should be done as needed. The plant needs regular watering, but moisture stagnation should not be allowed. In the open field, ophiopogon hibernates without shelter, the leaves do not die off in winter.
Reproduction Ophiopogon / Lily of the valley Niger (Ophiopogon planiscapus Niger). The simplest way is vegetative propagation of ophiopogon by dividing the bush. In the spring, the plant is dug up and divided into several parts, so that each of them has at least three outlets, after which the delenki are planted in a permanent place in the ground. At first, in order to avoid decay of the roots, watering is carried out carefully.
Use of Ophiopogon / Lily of the Valley Niger (Ophiopogon planiscapus Niger) in garden design. The use of oiopogon in the garden is universal. It can be grown in single and mixed plantings, is a good background plant, always appropriate in mixborders... It is a great plant for edging paths, creating green borders. The advantage of ophiopogon over other decorative deciduous crops is in its year-round decorativeness. The plant does not lose leaves in winter, and their solitary dying off during the season occurs almost imperceptibly.
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