Lily Turf 'Emerald Goddess' {24 Pots - 3 1/2 in.}

Liriope 'Emerald Goddess' (PP15471) is a clumping grass-like perennial used in borders and edging or as a groundcover. She is a fast-growing evergreen (in zones 8-11) with good cold and drought tolerance. Emerald Goddess thrives in zones 5-11 and has been rated as an above average performer and highly resistant to disease.

A relatively new Liriope that grows 18-24 inches tall in full sun through full shade, she has dark green foliage and produces lavender blooms that are stable from mid-June through early September, making her an excellent groundcover choice or an easy-care border and edging option.

'Emerald Goddess' can easily be confused with other Liriopes based only on appearance, the real differences come in her resistance. She has good resistance to crown-rot and other common fungal and bacterial plant pathogens that often plague other Liriopes. Her floral display has better intensity, height uniformity and duration than other Liriope varieties, and she also stays more upright and remains dark green during the winter months.

Emerald Goddess is not picky about soil and grows as well in soil that has clay or sand contents as it does in rich loam. Keep her moist the first year. Once established, she is drought tolerant, though she may need weekly watering in extremely hot weather or when planted in full sun.
General information about Liriope muscari (Lily Turf):
With slim spears of foliage, Liriope muscari is not only a lush perennial, it is often a gardener’s best solution. Perfect for banks, beds and at the base of trees where roots will not permit grass to grow, Liriope muscari proves virtually indestructible in stubborn areas.

They tolerate drought, heat, humidity, slopes and moist areas and deer tend to avoid them. Outstanding for erosion control and choking out weeds, Liriopes also gracefully fill those shady, dry spots where nothing else grows.

Liriopes are the perfect living border, creating stately outlines for formal gardens, and in southern gardens, when other plants wilt, they thrive. Of course Liriopes are famous as low-maintenance turf substitutes, and with the exception of Big Blue and Liriope spicata (both are creepers), they stay in clumps.

We’ve narrowed down the selections for you to what we feel are some of the top varieties offering a range of color, size and superior hardiness. Be warned, once you start perusing, you’ll find yourself wanting more than one variety. They’re just that beautiful!

Important note about bare root Liriope
Liriope is not like other perennials, it grows much slower the first year when transplanted from bare roots than from potted plants. Do not expect much growth the first season after transplanting bare roots. If you seek substantial growth the first summer after transplanting, buy potted plants.

Why all the confusion about the common names?
In 1763, the French botanist Michael Adanson described a plant (probably Liriope) that he called Mondo, which remains a common name today.

A few years later, Carl Peter Thunberg described a plant, which he named Convallaria japonica. This species is now known as Ophiopogon japonicus.

A decade later, Portugese botanist Joao de Loureiro described and named the plant we now know as Liriope muscari. Nearly 100 years later Joseph Decaisne described the same species as Ophiopogon muscari.

Over time there have been numerous discussions regarding these plants and the proper botanical names for them. Today, both Liriope and Ophiopogon are treated as distinct genera. In addition to sharing the name Mondo, the plants are also interchangably called Lilyturf and Monkey Grass.

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In northern zones where winter snow will crush the foliage, consider shearing (or mowing on high) in late fall or very early spring to avoid a period of ratty-looking dead foliage in the spring that can impede new spring growth.

Shearing in southern zones is optional, you may elect to do it just to maintain the most attractive appearance.
This plant can be susceptible to Anthracnose, especially in southern zones. If it develops brown spots in winter, cut the foliage back (to the ground is OK) in early spring.
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Liriope m. 'Emerald Goddess'
(AKA Lilyturf, Border Grass, Monkey Grass)
Pronunciation: lih-RY-oh-pee muss-KAR-ee

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