Ophiopogon jaburan 'Vittatus'

White lilyturf

Ophiopogon jaburan 'Vittatus'

White lilyturf

  • Robust grass-like plant
  • Shade tolerant
  • Cold tolerant
  • Relatively low light requirement
  • Tolerates low temperatures
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Description

The Giant lily turf or Giant mondo grass, Ophiopogon jaburan, has a grass-like appearance like the Japanese snake's beard (Ophiopogon japonicus), but grows considerably larger. It is native to the southern, subtropical parts of Korea and Japan, e.g. on the Ryukyu island chain, and is now widespread as an ornamental plant in warm countries around the world. The evergreen, ribbon-shaped leaves are around 30 - 60 cm long and up to approx. 1 cm wide. They are relatively stiff, arching and stand in a dense clump. The wild type is dark green, the cultivar ‘Vittatus’ has white longitudinal stripes. This makes the White lily turf similar to the much smaller Ophiopogon japonicus ‘Variegatus’, with which it is often confused in the trade. Sometimes inflorescences appear with small, bell-shaped, white flowers arranged in an overhanging raceme.

Ophiopogon jaburan has no special substrate requirements, but grows best in loose, humus-rich soil. This should be kept slightly moist, but not waterlogged, otherwise the roots will rot. Once the plant is well established, it can be fertilised occasionally with a fertiliser for green plants. The Giant mondo grass does not need a lot of light, but prefers a bright position, but not in full sun if grown in daylight. The plant can be kept in a wide range of temperatures, ideally with cool, frost-free overwintering, but also all year round at over 20 °C. The clump gradually widens by forming daughter rosettes. Older plants can be propagated by dividing the clump.

Like the Mondo grass (Ophiopogon japonicus), Ophiopogon jaburan is a robust and shade-tolerant plant that is suitable for various types of terrarium, both tropical and cool-temperature terrariums. Growing considerably larger than Ophiopogon japonicus, it can be used as a solitary plant in medium-sized terrariums. The white striped cultivar ‘Vittatus’ brightens up gloomy terrarium areas with its striking leaf pattern.

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Ophiopogon jaburan 'Vittatus'
Cultivation options Terrestrial
Growth height Approx. 30 - 60 cm
Temperature Approx. 5 - 30 °C
Humidity At least 40 %
Light requirement Low
Watering Keep moderately moist, avoid waterlogging
Fertilising Houseplant fertiliser approx. every 2 - 3 weeks
Propagation Splitting
Suitable for Various tropical to cool temperature terrariums; forest terrarium
Cultivation options
Terrestrial
Growth height
Approx. 30 - 60 cm
Temperature
Approx. 5 - 30 °C
Humidity
Minimum 40 %
Light requirement
Low
Watering
Keep moderately moist, avoid waterlogging
Fertilising
Houseplant fertiliser approx. every 2 - 3 weeks
Propagation
Splitting
Suitable for
Various tropical to cool temperature terrariums; forest terrarium

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