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Liriope (Monkey Grass)
 

                                             

Liriope muscari                                                                                  

li-RYE-oh-pee-mus-KAH-ree                                                            

Evergreen groundcover – sun to shade

Ht. 9”-15” wide spreadingHt. 9”-15” wde spreading

HABIT: Grasslike clumps that spread by underground stems to form solid mass planting. Has primarily one flush of growth in the spring. Blue flowers on stalks in early summer. Also called monkey grass and lilyturf. Variegated form exists called ‘Silvery Sunproof’. My favorites are the green forms. ‘Big Blue’ and ‘Majestic’. The giant form, L. gigantea, is also good. Native to China and Japan.

CULTURE: Easy to grow in well-prepared beds that drain well. Does best in shade or partial shade. Mow or clip down to 3” n late winter just before the new spring growth. Easy to divide and transplant anytime.

USES: Low border or groundcover. Good for texture change.

PROBLEMS:Snails and slugs sometimes. Usually not a big problem.


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