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Big Blue Lilyturf Liriope muscari

Previously known as:

  • Liriope exiliflora
  • Liriope gigantea
Phonetic Spelling
lih-RYE-oh-pee mus-KAY-ree
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Liriope muscari is a perennial, evergreen, herbaceous, clump-forming, tufted plant, with narrow, grass-like leaves that can grow as ground cover up to 18". It is cultivated for its herbaceous and ornamental qualities. It blooms in the summer-long blooming period. It produces berries that are aborted and leave berry-less scapes through the winter. This plant has the widest leaves of the liriopes. It is subject to a virus that causes flattened, cockscbomb-like flower scapes with congested flowers. It is drought tolerant, moderately salt tolerant, and can be used as a lawn alternative. The many variegated cultivars of this plant are very popular.  This plant is rhizomatous and has small potato-like swells on roots. It grows in shade or partial shade, and does best in well-drained soil. This plant has pest and disease problems.

CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN

Quick ID Hints:

  • Plant is acaulescent and tends to form clumps
  • Berries are aborted before winter
  • Linear leaves are about .5-1" wide
  • Plant is rhizomatous

More information on Liriope.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#perennial#showy#salt tolerant#lawn alternative#playground#cpp#herbaceous#deer resistant#children's garden#groundcover#grass like#edible garden#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#perennial#showy#salt tolerant#lawn alternative#playground#cpp#herbaceous#deer resistant#children's garden#groundcover#grass like#edible garden#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Liriope
    Species:
    muscari
    Family:
    Convallariaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Defines Paths
    Textural
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Mildly resistant to damage by deer.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 8 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Poisonous
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Blue
    Green
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Fruits are a 1/3" globose berry that start green and ripen to a shiny black.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Flowers small, white to dark mauve, densely clustered, 6-parted, and appear on an elongated 6-8" spike-like raceme with congested rachis.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Variegated
    Leaf Feel:
    Slippery
    Smooth
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are narrow, grass-like, linear-ligulate, 1" X 2', dark green, and are occasionally variegated.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stems are acaulescent.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Patio
    Pool/Hardscape
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Poor Soil
    Salt
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    No cases are known, but caution due to a relationship with known toxic plants
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Unknown
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Fruits