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Liriope muscari 'Silvery Sunproof'

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Liriope exiliflora 'Silver Sunproof'
Phonetic Spelling
lir-RYE-oh-pee mus-KAR-ee
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Lilyturf is a broadleaf evergreen, clump-forming, perennial in the Asparagaceae or asparagus family. The name liriope is derived from new Latin and is a nymph in Roman mythology.  Though it may resemble an ornamental grass it is not a true grass.

'Silvery Sunproof' is a cultivar of lilyturf with brightly variegated silvery striped leaves and lavender flowers.   It has narrow, grass-like leaves that can grow up to 15 to 18 inches tall and wide and are long-lasting. Its evergreen foliage provides year-round interest and the light variegation adds brightness to dark corners of the landscape. It does better in full sun than other members of the Liriope genus.  

Lilyturf requires acidic to neutral well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade. It will tolerate almost full shade but growth is slow and leaves are elongated. 

This low maintenance plant blooms in late summer with spikes of purple flowers that are followed by nearly black berries. In their first year they will need regular watering to keep soils moist but once they are established they require very little supplemental irrigation.  They are light feeders and benefit from a slow-release or organic fertilizer applied in the early spring.  To maintain an attractive appearance, cut back tops each February before new growth begins.

Use lilyturf for edging, rock gardens, containers, in woodland settings, along walkways or as a ground cover. It is drought and deer tolerant, moderately salt-tolerant, and can be used as a lawn alternative for lawns that receive occasional light foot traffic.

Quick ID Hints:

  • Plant is acaulescent 
  • Berries are aborted before winter
  • Linear leaves are about 0.5 to 1 inch wide
  • Plant is rhizomatous

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: This cultivar is insect and disease resistant.  

 

More information on Liriope muscari.

See this plant in the following landscapes:
Coastal Foundation Garden Lush Foundation Planting
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#easy to grow#cut flowers#lawn alternative#showy leaves#variegated leaves#low maintenance#slopes#cottage garden#mass planting#year-round interest#cpp#edging#deer resistant#asian garden#border front#walkway planting#foot traffic tolerant#container plants
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#easy to grow#cut flowers#lawn alternative#showy leaves#variegated leaves#low maintenance#slopes#cottage garden#mass planting#year-round interest#cpp#edging#deer resistant#asian garden#border front#walkway planting#foot traffic tolerant#container plants
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Liriope
    Species:
    muscari
    Family:
    Asparagaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 3 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 3 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    12 inches-3 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Blue
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Description:
    fruit a blue-black berry
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Racemes of pale violet-purple flowers are produced in late summer.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Variegated
    White
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    leaves narrow and grass-like with yellow to white margins.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Slope/Bank
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Diseases
    Drought
    Insect Pests
    Rabbits
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    caution due to its relationship with known toxic plants
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Unknown
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Fruits