The Q&A Archives: Monkey Grass

Question: I would like to know about Monkey grass. Where can I see a picture of it? Lisa

Answer: Monkey grass, also known as mondo grass, is an evergreen perennial used mostly as a ground cover. It works well as a path border, between stepping stones or flower beds and lawns and rock gardens. It competes well with roots of other plants and makes an excellent covering in shady areas under trees and shrubs. It never needs mowing.

Plants are tufted and grow as high as 16 inches. Its dark green leaves are smooth and grass-like, a half-inch wide, fine to medium in texture and erect to arching. Flowers are usually white or white-tinged with lilac. Flowering and fruiting occur from July through September. Monkey grass is sometimes confused with liriope, but the leaves of monkey grass are narrower, its flowers are smaller and hidden by the leaves, and the fruits are a truer blue than the bluish-black berries of liriope. Monkey grass does not stand up to cold as well as liriope.

I don't have a photo of this plant but if you do a web search under Mondo Grass, you should be able to see a picture.

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