turf lily – liriope

31 Aug

This is the variegated variety; it’s most often seen as solid green. Liriope is a grass-like flower that, when mature, forms 12″ clumps in this zone (larger and often evergreen in the South and Southwest). Planted about 12″ apart, liriope makes a great border plant.  The plant books say that it should only be grown in shade or part sun, although I’ve actually had the best luck growing it where it gets a fair amount of sun. It dies out over the winter and needs to be cut back to just a few inches in the spring to make way for new growth.  That’s about all the care it requires.  The flowers on both green and variegated varieties look about the same–purple spikes that start out so small they are hidden by the leaves but growing taller and sticking out above the leaves after about a week or so.  (There are white-blooming varieties available and even some with green/yellow variegated leaves.)

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