Japanese ophiopogon, Japanese lily of the valley – Ophiopogon japonicus. The family is liliaceae. Homeland – Japan, China.
Ophiopogon is a perennial herb with thin, narrow-linear, rigid leaves up to 35 cm long. There are plants with variegated leaves. On the Black Sea coast of Russia, O. Japanese grows in the open field and is often used as a border plant. Blooms in summer, July – September. During this period, the ophiopogon grows low (up to 20 cm) peduncles, on which a rosette of small flowers, painted in white or pale purple, is formed. After flowering, blue berries ripen.
Japanese ophiopogon, Japanese lily of the valley (Mondo grass)
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Placement… Ophiopogon grows well on windows with north and south orientation, it feels great both in warm and cool rooms. In summer, it is advisable to take the plant out into fresh air. In winter, it must be installed in cool, bright rooms with a temperature of 1 – 5 ° C.
Care… Moderate watering is required. Fertilize the plant with full mineral fertilizer twice a month. Young plants are transplanted every year, adults – every 3 – 4 years, planting them in a mixture of turf, sand and humus soil (2: 1: 2) with the addition of bone meal.
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Pests and diseases… The main pests are thrips, spider mites. Due to improper care, spots appear on the ophiopogon.
Reproduction possibly by dividing the rhizome. Slices must be sprinkled with crushed charcoal. Ophiopogon can also be propagated by seed.
Note… Use the plant when creating compositional arrangements.