How Far Apart Do You Plant Mondo Grass?


Mondo grass, a type of ground cover native to Asia, is commonly found in Hawaii and other warm-weather climates. Mondo grass is versatile, tolerant to both drought and full sun; however, it grows best in moist soil with partial shade. Mondo grass is evergreen and has white flowers in the summer and bright blue berries in the fall.

Separate Clumps

  • Separate mondo grass clumps into individual tufts. Be sure each clump contains roots or rhizomes.


  • Dwarf varieties should be planted 2 to 4 inches apart. Regular varieties should be planted 4 to 12 inches apart. If you want faster ground cover, use the minimum spacing when planting.


  • When planting, make sure the roots and rhizomes are well-covered by gently pressing the soil around them, but do not plant the crowns too deeply.


  • After planting, apply an herbicide to deter weed growth. This will help the mondo grass become established free of other vegetation.

Disease and Pest Control

  • The most common problems of mondo grass, root rot and scale, can be controlled with the use of a fungicide and any oil-based insecticide made for use with ornamental plants.

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