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).
Plant Type: Groundcover, Perennial
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
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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