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Ophiopogon jaburan 'Vitattus'

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Ophiopogon (oh-fee-oh-POH-gon) (Info)
Species: jaburan (JA-bur-an) (Info)
Cultivar: Vitattus
Additional cultivar information: (aka Argenteo-vittatus)

Synonym:Flueggea jaburan
Synonym:Mondo jaburan
Synonym:Mondo taquetii
Synonym:Ophiopogon taquetii
Synonym:Slateria jaburan

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

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6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Gardenia731 On Apr 24, 2008, Gardenia731 from (Arlene) Lakeland, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I am a new gardener and easy maintenance, no brainers are my favorites. LOL! Recently purchased over 2 dozen of the Variegated Giant Liriope to plant as a flower bed border, so far it has been maintenance free. They do well in full sun and partial.

Positive AmandaTaylor7 On Jul 17, 2007, AmandaTaylor7 from Alvin, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have several of these in my front yard and I use them as border plants with my Blue Liriope. They are "easier" plants in that they don't multiply as quickly as the Blue Liriope or "Monkey Grass," and they are also variegated and can get up to 18 inches tall.

SUPER EASY to maintan - they're worry free.

Positive TerriFlorida On Nov 7, 2003, TerriFlorida from Plant City, FL wrote:

If this is what I have, I've grown it (them) for years and they have served me well. What I have is a clump grassy perennial whose leaves never exceeds about 18" long. The variegation is distinct green and more white longitudinal striping, and it is a great accent in shade. They flower in summer, short cream white spikes from the crown that most poeple never notice.

The clumps can be a little difficult to divide but not impossible. They don't resent dividing or moving as long as it's reasonably prompt, and make great pot plants as well. They do better in rich moisture retentive but well drained sites, but will tolerate a range of abuses. My kind of plant. They show up in several of my photos, I'll see if I can get a good specimen shot of one.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Brooksville, Florida
Deltona, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Miami, Florida
Navarre, Florida
Plant City, Florida
Riverview, Florida
Ruskin, Florida
Spring Hill, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Winter Haven, Florida
New Orleans, Louisiana
Batesville, Mississippi
Cleveland, Ohio
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Johns Island, South Carolina
Ladys Island, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Germantown, Tennessee
Alvin, Texas
Houston, Texas
Mc Kinney, Texas

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