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Liriope, also called monkey grass or lilyturf, is a low-care perennial with grassy foliage topped by flower spikes in late summer and glossy fruit clusters in fall.

collage of liriope blooms

With semi-evergreen grassy foliage available in green and chartreuse, as well as silvery-green variegation, liriope makes an attractive ground cover throughout the growing season. In late summer, it’s topped by spikes of purple, lavender, or white flowers followed by blackish blue fruit clusters that last from fall into winter. Sometimes called monkey grass or lilyturf, liriope is a multiseason beauty that’s easy to maintain. It’s also great for erosion control.

Good companions include: lady’s mantle (Alchemilla), perennial geranium, Jacob’s ladder, anemone, coralbells (Heuchera), foamflower (Tiarella).

liriope vignette

Plant Type: Groundcover, Perennial

Zones: 5–10

Height: 8–16 in

Width: 18 in

Light Exposure: Partial Sun, Full Shade

Bloom Color: Purple, White

Bloom Time: Late Summer

Foilage Color: Green, Chartreuse, Variegated

Special Features: Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Pest Tolerant, Winter Interest

Uses: Groundcover, Slope/Erosion Control, Under Tree

Growing Liriope

Liriope accepts a range of soils, from acidic clay to alkaline sand. It takes drought but does best in part shade with ample moisture. Space plants a foot apart and let them fill in as a ground cover (they spread through underground roots). Or plant a cluster of liriope as a season-long grassy companion for flowers. Cut back foliage to within 2 inches of the ground in early spring to make room for new growth.

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