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
    Liriope muscari 'Big Blue' {2 1/2 in. Pots, min 54}
    54 - 107: $2.77 each  |  108 - 949: $2.47 each
    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.
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    Liriope spicata {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
    25 - 249: $3.87 each  |  250 - 999: $3.67 each
    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.
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    Liriope spicata {2 1/2 in. Pots, min 54}
    54 - 107: $2.77 each  |  108 - 949: $2.47 each
    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.
    Liriope muscari 'John Burch' {Bare Root Plants, min 25}
    25 - 49: $2.57 each  |  50 - 249: $1.57 each
    A cascade of arching, lush green variegated foliage edged in gold. Lavender blossoms resemble grape-hyacinths add color and interest. 12-15" tall.
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    Liriope muscari 'John Burch' {Bare Root Plants, min 50}
    50 - 249: $1.57 each  |  250 - 999: $1.37 each
    A cascade of arching, lush green variegated foliage edged in gold. Lavender blossoms resemble grape-hyacinths add color and interest. 12-15" tall.
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    Liriope muscari 'Royal Purple' {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
    25 - 249: $4.17 each  |  250 - 999: $3.87 each
    Regal emerald blades of evergreen foliage arch gracefully with amethyst flower spikes. Elegant specimen for border/edge plantings. 12-15" tall.
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    Liriope muscari 'Big Blue' {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
    25 - 249: $3.87 each  |  250 - 999: $3.67 each
    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.
    Liriope muscari 'Gold Band' {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
    25 - 249: $5.87 each  |  250 - 999: $5.57 each
    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.
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    Liriope muscari 'Royal Purple' {Bare Root Plants, min 25}
    25 - 49: $2.77 each  |  50 - 249: $1.77 each
    Regal emerald blades of evergreen foliage arch gracefully with amethyst flower spikes. Elegant specimen for border/edge plantings. 12-15" tall.
    In stock.
    Liriope muscari 'Royal Purple' {Bare Root Plants, min 50}
    50 - 249: $1.77 each  |  250 - 999: $1.57 each
    Regal emerald blades of evergreen foliage arch gracefully with amethyst flower spikes. Elegant specimen for border/edge plantings. 12-15" tall.
    In stock.

    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.

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    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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