All Lilyturf / Monkey Grass (All Liriope)

Example of approximately what these plants look like when shipped. See the eighth photograph of any plant to see a photo of what it looks like when shipped.
With lovely and graceful fountains of slim-speared foliage, Liriopes are the perfect living border, creating stately outlines for formal gardens. In southern gardens, when other plants wilt, they thrive.

Liriope is perfect for banks, beds and at the base of trees where roots will not permit grass to grow - an almost indestructible plant for stubborn areas. Outstanding for erosion control, Liriope gracefully fills those spots where nothing else will grow and will choke out most weeds. Tolerant of drought, heat, humidity and even moist areas as well as resistant to deer and willing to thrive in hot, southern gardens, you will love this perennial's hardy personality.

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. Our selection includes variations in color, size and growth habits ensuring the perfect fit for your garden. (You can click on each individual plant to read their specific descriptions.)

  • Liriope muscari (except for 'Big Blue') stays in clump form
  • Liriope spicata (Creeping Lily Turf) creeps (will spread)

  • See also:
  • Acorus gramineus (Sweet Flag)
  • Ophiopogon (Mondo Grass, Monkey Grass)

  • ASA: loriope, leriope, lariope, lirope, lithrope, mascari

    See photographs comparing average sizes of some bare roots and potted plants
    Product
    Creeping Lily Turf {Bare Root Plants, min 50}
    50 - 249: $1.37 each  |  250 - 999: $1.07 each
    (Liriope) Pale lavender to white flower spikes bloom in late summer amidst dense arching, evergreen (in southern zones) mat-forming tufts of narrow grassy foliage, 12-15" tall.
    In stock.
    Creeping Lily Turf {Bare Root Plants, min 25}
    25 - 49: $2.27 each  |  50 - 249: $1.37 each
    (Liriope) Pale lavender to white flower spikes bloom in late summer amidst dense arching, evergreen (in southern zones) mat-forming tufts of narrow grassy foliage, 12-15" tall.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'Ingwersen' {2 1/2 in. Pots, min 54}
    54 - 107: $2.77 each  |  108 - 1025: $2.47 each
    (Liriope) Lavish lilac flower clusters stand erect and abundant amidst this lush emerald evergreen groundcover with one of the showiest displays of all liriopes. Performs best in part-full shade. 12-15" tall.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'Ingwersen' {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
    25 - 249: $3.87 each  |  250 - 999: $3.67 each
    (Liriope) Lavish lilac flower clusters stand erect and abundant amidst this lush emerald evergreen groundcover with one of the showiest displays of all liriopes. Performs best in part-full shade. 12-15" tall.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'Big Blue' {Bare Root Plants, min 50}
    50 - 249: $1.37 each  |  250 - 999: $1.07 each
    (Liriope) Tall, thin and vivid evergreen grass-like foliage and slim spikes of lavender to periwinkle toned hyacinth-like blooms, followed by ebony-blue berries. 12-15" tall, spreads moderately fast.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'Big Blue' {Bare Root Plants, min 25}
    25 - 49: $2.27 each  |  50 - 249: $1.37 each
    (Liriope) Tall, thin and vivid evergreen grass-like foliage and slim spikes of lavender to periwinkle toned hyacinth-like blooms, followed by ebony-blue berries. 12-15" tall, spreads moderately fast.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'Variegated' {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
    25 - 249: $4.47 each  |  250 - 999: $4.17 each
    (Liriope) Profuse lilac clusters of blooms on a handsome, evergreen clump-forming groundcover with vibrant white to creamy yellow and green variegated foliage that arches gracefully. 12-16" tall.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'Variegated' {2 1/2 in. Pots, min 54}
    54 - 107: $3.27 each  |  108 - 1025: $2.97 each
    (Liriope) Profuse lilac clusters of blooms on a handsome, evergreen clump-forming groundcover with vibrant white to creamy yellow and green variegated foliage that arches gracefully. 12-16" tall.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'Big Blue' {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
    25 - 249: $3.87 each  |  250 - 999: $3.67 each
    (Liriope) Tall, thin and vivid evergreen grass-like foliage and slim spikes of lavender to periwinkle toned hyacinth-like blooms, followed by ebony-blue berries. 12-15" tall, spreads moderately fast.
    In stock.
    Creeping Lily Turf {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
    25 - 249: $3.87 each  |  250 - 999: $3.67 each
    (Liriope) Pale lavender to white flower spikes bloom in late summer amidst dense arching, evergreen (in southern zones) mat-forming tufts of narrow grassy foliage, 12-15" tall.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'Royal Purple' {Bare Root Plants, min 50}
    50 - 249: $1.77 each  |  250 - 999: $1.57 each
    (Liriope) Regal emerald blades of evergreen foliage arch gracefully with amethyst flower spikes. Elegant specimen for border/edge plantings. 12-15" tall.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'Royal Purple' {Bare Root Plants, min 25}
    25 - 49: $2.77 each  |  50 - 249: $1.77 each
    (Liriope) Regal emerald blades of evergreen foliage arch gracefully with amethyst flower spikes. Elegant specimen for border/edge plantings. 12-15" tall.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'John Burch' {Bare Root Plants, min 50}
    50 - 249: $1.57 each  |  250 - 999: $1.37 each
    (Liriope) A cascade of arching, lush green variegated foliage edged in gold. Lavender blossoms resemble grape-hyacinths add color and interest. 12-15" tall.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'John Burch' {Bare Root Plants, min 25}
    25 - 49: $2.57 each  |  50 - 249: $1.57 each
    (Liriope) A cascade of arching, lush green variegated foliage edged in gold. Lavender blossoms resemble grape-hyacinths add color and interest. 12-15" tall.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'Big Blue' {2 1/2 in. Pots, min 54}
    54 - 107: $2.77 each  |  108 - 1025: $2.47 each
    (Liriope) Tall, thin and vivid evergreen grass-like foliage and slim spikes of lavender to periwinkle toned hyacinth-like blooms, followed by ebony-blue berries. 12-15" tall, spreads moderately fast.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'Royal Purple' {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
    25 - 249: $4.17 each  |  250 - 999: $3.87 each
    (Liriope) Regal emerald blades of evergreen foliage arch gracefully with amethyst flower spikes. Elegant specimen for border/edge plantings. 12-15" tall.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'Emerald Goddess' {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
    25 - 249: $6.67 each  |  250 - 999: $6.47 each
    (Liriope) Lilac clusters of blooms on a tough and disease-resistant, evergreen clump-forming groundcover that arches gracefully. 18-24" tall.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'Monroe White' {Bare Root Plants, min 50}
    50 - 249: $1.97 each  |  250 - 999: $1.77 each
    (Liriope, Monroe's #1) Dense, clusters of rare and splendid pearlesque blooms form on flower spikes followed by ebony berries amidst wide blades of deep emerald foliage. 12-16" tall.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'Monroe White' {Bare Root Plants, min 25}
    25 - 49: $2.97 each  |  50 - 249: $1.97 each
    (Liriope, Monroe's #1) Dense, clusters of rare and splendid pearlesque blooms form on flower spikes followed by ebony berries amidst wide blades of deep emerald foliage. 12-16" tall.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'Monroe White' {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
    25 - 249: $5.87 each  |  250 - 999: $5.57 each
    (Liriope, Monroe's #1) Dense, clusters of rare and splendid pearlesque blooms form on flower spikes followed by ebony berries amidst wide blades of deep emerald foliage. 12-16" tall.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'Gold Band' {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
    25 - 249: $5.87 each  |  250 - 999: $5.57 each
    (Liriope, 'Gold Banded') Lovely gold band borders broad 3/4" arching jade foliage more vivid than other variagted forms. Rich purple flowers followed by eggplant berries. 12-18" tall.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'Christmas Tree' {Bare Root Plants, min 50}
    50 - 249: $1.97 each  |  250 - 999: $1.77 each
    (Liriope, Monroe's #2) Famous for unusually lovely, large lavender flower spikes in the shape of a Christmas tree, this lush evergreen groundcover performs well in partial or full shade. 12-15" tall.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'Christmas Tree' {Bare Root Plants, min 25}
    25 - 49: $2.97 each  |  50 - 249: $1.97 each
    (Liriope, Monroe's #2) Famous for unusually lovely, large lavender flower spikes in the shape of a Christmas tree, this lush evergreen groundcover performs well in partial or full shade. 12-15" tall.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'John Burch' {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
    25 - 249: $4.77 each  |  250 - 999: $4.47 each
    (Liriope) A cascade of arching, lush green variegated foliage edged in gold. Lavender blossoms resemble grape-hyacinths add color and interest. 12-15" tall.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'Samantha' {Bare Root Plants, min 50}
    50 - 249: $1.77 each  |  250 - 999: $1.57 each
    (Liriope) Scads of cotton candy-pink flower spikes in late spring-early summer with a dense carpet of robust foliage great for suppressing weeds. Vigorous, happy in sun and shade. 12-15" tall.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'Samantha' {Bare Root Plants, min 25}
    25 - 49: $2.77 each  |  50 - 249: $1.77 each
    (Liriope) Scads of cotton candy-pink flower spikes in late spring-early summer with a dense carpet of robust foliage great for suppressing weeds. Vigorous, happy in sun and shade. 12-15" tall.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'Silver Midget' {Bare Root Plants, min 50}
    50 - 249: $1.97 each  |  250 - 999: $1.77 each
    (Liriope) A lower-growing, lush evergreen groundcover with white/yellow and jade variegated foliage and light lavender flower spikes. Performs well in full sun and partial or full shade. 10-12" tall.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'Silver Midget' {Bare Root Plants, min 25}
    25 - 49: $2.97 each  |  50 - 249: $1.97 each
    (Liriope) A lower-growing, lush evergreen groundcover with white/yellow and jade variegated foliage and light lavender flower spikes. Performs well in full sun and partial or full shade. 10-12" tall.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'Densiflora' {Bare Root Plants, min 50}
    50 - 249: $1.07 each  |  250 - 999: $0.87 each
    (Liriope) Lush, clumping coverage of deep emerald leaf blades with a showy lavender flower spike like miniature grape hyacinths. Easy to grow, tolerates drought and some salt. 18-22" tall.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'Densiflora' {Bare Root Plants, min 25}
    25 - 49: $1.97 each  |  50 - 249: $1.07 each
    (Liriope) Lush, clumping coverage of deep emerald leaf blades with a showy lavender flower spike like miniature grape hyacinths. Easy to grow, tolerates drought and some salt. 18-22" tall.
    In stock.
    Lily Turf 'Majestic' {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
    25 - 249: $4.17 each  |  250 - 999: $3.87 each
    (Liriope) Ample amethyst flowers form on spikes above cascading blades of evergreen emerald blades of foliage on this clump-forming perennial. 12-15" tall.
    In stock.
    Creeping Lily Turf {2 1/2 in. Pots, min 54}
    54 - 107: $2.77 each  |  108 - 1025: $2.47 each
    (Liriope) Pale lavender to white flower spikes bloom in late summer amidst dense arching, evergreen (in southern zones) mat-forming tufts of narrow grassy foliage, 12-15" tall.
    Temporarily out of stock. Expected 03/06/2023.Email when available
    25% off Shady White Deer Mix #2: 25 White False Spirea, 25 Monroe White Lilyturf, 25 Lily-of-the-Valley
    On sale: $270.20
    Regularly: $337.75 On Sale!
    Save 25% on this package of plants that offer an abundance of white flowers giving brightness and texture as well as elegant blooms to your shady to part-shade location in zones 5-8. Deer tend not to eat these!
    Temporarily out of stock. Expected 02/27/2023.Email when available
    20% off Catherine's Vibrant Border: 25 Lily Turf 'Variegated' + 50 Border Pinks 'Fire Star Imp'
    On sale: $312.20
    Regularly: $390.25 On Sale!
    Save 20% on this stunning border package. Enough plants for 24 feet of a two-tier border that contrasts both unusual foliage and intricate blooms. For sun or part sun in zones 5/6-9.
    Temporarily out of stock. Expected 12/26/2022.Email when available

    Specifications


    General information about Liriope (Lily Turf):
    With slim spears of foliage, Liriope 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.

    See all Liriopes



    Care
    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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