Black Dragon Black Mondograss. One of our favorite contacts in Japan is Mr. Fujinami, and upon first meeting him we were amazed to learn that he is the one who actually discovered the original "Black Mondograss," Ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens. This plant immediately captured the interest of plant collectors with its almost black leaves, and found ways which it could be used in the garden. It is best used in close proximity to the viewer; otherwise, it appears to be a hole in the landscape. But when used in contrast to contrasting colors, such as golds, it is shown off to great advantage. The flowers produced in mid-summer are a pale lavender and scarcely reach above its foliage. It will grow in shade or sun, but in the Deep South, I would recommend only a half day of sun. Actually, the brighter sun will create the darkest leaves. This selection 'Kokuryu' is translated as "Black Dragon" in Japanese and is a slightly more compact selection than the species. It is a very slow divider, so patience is needed to make a significant show.