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Big Blue 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 is a perennial, evergreen, herbaceous, clump-forming, tufted plant, in the asparagus family. It has narrow, grass-like leaves that can grow up to 18" tall. It blooms in late summer with spikes of purple flowers that are followed by nearly black berries.  This plant is rhizomatous and has small potato-like swellings on roots. 

This plant tolerates a wide variety of well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade. It will tolerate almost full shade but growth is slow and elongated. Use this plant for edging, rock gardens, containers, woodland settings or as a ground cover. It is drought and deer tolerant, moderately salt-tolerant, and can be used as a lawn alternative but does not tolerate foot traffic well.

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.

See this plant in the following landscapes:
Lush Foundation Planting Cottage Style Foundation Planting Backyard Planting Asian Garden- Pathway
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Evergreen Giant', 'Marc Anthony', 'Royal Purple', 'Silver Sun', 'Silvery Sunproof', 'Vriegata', 'Webster'
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#perennial#container plant#showy#salt tolerant#lawn alternative#cpp#edging#herbaceous#deer resistant#lavender flowers#groundcover#grass like#fantz#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Evergreen Giant', 'Marc Anthony', 'Royal Purple', 'Silver Sun', 'Silvery Sunproof', 'Vriegata', 'Webster'
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#perennial#container plant#showy#salt tolerant#lawn alternative#cpp#edging#herbaceous#deer resistant#lavender flowers#groundcover#grass like#fantz#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Liriope
    Species:
    muscari
    Family:
    Asparagaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Wildlife Value:
    Deer and rabbit resistant
    Play Value:
    Defines Paths
    Textural
    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
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9a, 9b, 10b, 10a
  • 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:
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Flowers small, purple, densely clustered, 6-parted, and appear on an elongated 6-8" spike-like raceme with congested rachis. Blooms late summer.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    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.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stems are acaulescent.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Patio
    Pool/Hardscape
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Erosion
    Pollution
    Poor Soil
    Rabbits
    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