Liriope muscari (Lilyturf)

liriope muscari flower spike

A colourful and interesting plant for a late autumn show. This handy little clump-forming perennial is ideal for use in lightly shaded areas and under tall trees.

Forms dense clumps of evergreen strap-like leaves. Erect spikes of small bell-shaped flowers appear throughout autumn.

Family: Asparagaceae (Asparagus)
Botanical Name: Liriope
Common Names: Lilyturf

Foliage: Evergreen arching strap-like leaves.

Flowers: Mauve or violet-blue flower spikes.

Flowering Period: September to November

Soil: Lime-free, well-drained moisture retentive soil.

Conditions: Partial shade is best but will tolerate full sun.

Habit: Clump forming.

Type: Herbaceous perennial.

Origin: Eastern Asia

Hardiness: Hardy and evergreen in most areas of UK.

Planting and Growing Liriope muscari

An easy to grow perennial that needs little attention.

Ideal for the front of the border or as ground cover under tall shrubs or deciduous trees. Dislikes chalky soils.

Taking Care of Liriope muscari

This tough little perennial can cope with difficult conditions such as shade and drought, and can be left undisturbed to spread, forming good ground cover.

Remove faded flower stems in autumn and cut back old leaves in spring.

Lift and divide established clumps every three years or so in spring to prevent congestion.

Propagating Liriope muscari

Propagate by sowing seed or by division in spring.

Popular Varieties of Liriope muscari Grown in the UK

L. muscari 'Majestic' is the commonest form grown in UK. It has violet flower-spikes with crested tips.

L. spicata has narrower leaves.

White flowering varieties are also available.