It took me years to remember how to spell this  – what sort of name is that, it takes two read throughs to get you teeth around it! I pronounce it ‘off-eye-oh-po-gone’, but it’s probably wrong.


Anyway, why bother with it, well it’s black, and you don’t get black normally but this has really really black leaves, and as the style guru in me says, black goes with anything!


It is not a big plant, it’s really a lily, but it can form a carpet along the ground, which is great for showing off other coloured plants around it. It does send up little purple flowers in the summer, so choose plants that compliment or clash with purple, but not both at the same time as that would look messy.

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