Botanical Name – Ophiopogon japonicus
Chinese Name – MAI MEN DONG
English Name – Ophiopogon Root
Ophiopogon japonicus (known as dwarf lilyturf,mondograss, fountainplant, Snakes beard, or monkeygrass,) is a species of Ophiopogon native to China, India, Japan, and Vietnam.
It is an evergreen, sod-forming perennial plant. The leaves are linear, 20–40 cm long. The flowers are white through pale lilac. The fruit is a blue berry 5 mm diameter.
It is grown as an ornamental plant, providing an excellent groundcover. It grows well in full sun or partial shade.
In traditional Chinese medicine Ophiopogon japonicus tuber, known as mai men dong, is the cardinal herb for yin deficiency.