Ophiopogon jaburan

Mondo Grass

The genus Ophiopogon is a member of the Asparagaceae family and contains approx. 65 species. The native to Japan and Korea Ophiopogon jaburan has several common names such as Aztec or Mondo Grass, Giant or White Ilyturf, Snake Beard. It is available with green or white variegated leaves.

Ophiopogon jaburan
Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon jaburan)


  • Lighting: partial sunny to light shaded with morning or evening sun
  • Soil: a regular or a cacti mix
  • Watering: moist but not wet
  • Feeding: half diluted given monthly from april to september
  • Temperature: room temperature from spring to fall, 5-10 °C/41-59 °F during winter
  • Propagation: division, seeds

Lighting: The Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon jaburan) is suitable for partial sunny to light shaded places. For showing its colorful fooliage the variegated cultivars shouldn’t be placed too dark. Otherwise they can produce only green leaves.

During summer it can be placed in the garden or on the balcony. Plants growing in moderate shade should be slowly hardened off before placing them in full sun.

Soil: A regular potting soil such as a cacti mix can be used.

Watering: Keep the soil evenly moist but not wet, sitting in water will cause rot. A slightly drying of the soil’s surface between the waterings is fine, but it shouldn’t dry completely.

Feeding: A water soluble fertilizer diluted by half can be given monthly from April to September. For recently re-potted or fresh bouhgt plants there is no need to feed for the first year.

Temperature: During winter Ophiopogon jaburan should can placed at approx. 5-10 °C/41-59 °F. At this temperature range, watering can be reduced and there is no need to feed. But the soil should not dry out in complete.


The Mondo Grass can easily be propagated by division.

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