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Liriope

Phonetic Spelling
lir-RYE-oh-pee
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Lilyturf is a genus of broadleaf evergreen, clump-forming, perennials 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.

Some species of lilyturf grow more aggressively than others so it is important to choose your plants wisely.   They require 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. There are many species and cultivars out with variegated foliage that adds interest to shady areas of the landscape.  

Lilyturf is used in a variety of landscape settings, along slopes to prevent erosion, for edging, rock gardens, containers, in woodland settings, or as a ground cover. It is drought and deer tolerant, moderately salt-tolerant, and some species can be used as a lawn alternative for lawns that receive occasional light foot traffic. It is normally not necessary to propagate liriope plants as they are aggressive growers.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Anthracnose, leaf and crown rot, slugs, and snails are occasional problems. 

 

 

 

See this plant in the following landscapes:
Backyard Grouping Water Feature Dry Stream Garden
Cultivars / Varieties:
L. muscari, L. spicata
Tags:
#poisonous#drought tolerant#shade tolerant#lawn alternative#low maintenance#mass planting#cpp#herbaceous#deer resistant#border front#foot traffic tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
L. muscari, L. spicata
Tags:
#poisonous#drought tolerant#shade tolerant#lawn alternative#low maintenance#mass planting#cpp#herbaceous#deer resistant#border front#foot traffic tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Liriope
    Family:
    Asparagaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    East and Southeast Asia
    Wildlife Value:
    This plant is mildly resistant to damage by deer.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 9 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Dense
    Mounding
    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)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Blue
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Small, white to violet, 6-parted, on an elongated stem
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Variegated
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Narrow and grass-like can be green, variegated, or another color.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Lawn
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Heavy Shade
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    No cases known, but caution due to relationship with known toxic plants.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Unknown
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Fruits