Lily Turf 'Silver Midget' {Bare Root Plants, min 25}

Liriope muscari 'Silver Midget' (AKA Lilyturf, Border Grass, Monkey Grass)
Pronunciation: lih-RY-oh-pee muss-KAR-ee
Product: 7355

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When you're looking for a shorter, clumping flush of lush evergreen foliage in a groundcover, you'll certainly want to take a look at Silver Midget. He performs well in full sun and any type of full shade and features dark-green leaves with irregular almost antique white variegation.

The coxcomb clusters of lavender flower spikes aren't as dark as some Liriope flowers. He is an excellent, low-maintenance turf substitute for low traffic areas. Well behaved in any well-drained soil, Silver Midget has a moderate growth rate, making it ideal for spaces where you don't want a fast invasion.

Borders. Borders. Borders. Silver Midget, when planted along the edge of a path, a garden bed or any other space that needs a short, dense, band of foliage as a border, will absolutely steal the show.

Things to Note
If planting in zone 5, be sure to check with your local extension to confirm winter hardiness in your area.

Gardener Tips
We love placing Black Eyed Susan in clusters amidst a bed of Silver Midget because the yellow in the blooms plays beautifully off the antique variegated foliage of the Silver Midget.

If you are considering purchasing this plant in bare root form, please read about bare root plants so you know what to expect.
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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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04/23/2015 By Wayne Barnes
Product reviewed: Lily Turf 'Silver Midget' {Bare Root Plants, min 50}

Love the grass came as fast as they said more pieces than they said to

These plants were quite substantial, much to my pleasant surprise.They are the same great quality plants I have gotten from this company in pots, without the pots. The company gives you great instructions via their website for planting them.

Thanks, Ellen

This is the third or fourth time I have ordered from Classy Groundcovers and I have been very satisfied with every order. My 150 bareroot Silver Midget plants arrived well-packed and in great shape. My only complaint is that there were so many extra plants!... Read full review >

I planted this variety a few years ago on one side of a big Maple tree that shades the spot and has roots that take up the soil, so no grass will grow. It did very well so I decided to plant more on the other side of the tree.
The plants arrived very shortly... Read full review >
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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.
General information that applies to all plants:
- Ground preparation, fertilization, pH
- Planting instructions
- Explanation and description of bare roots
- How to plant bare root plants
- If you cannot plant bare roots right away

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