| creeping liriope
4 to 10
0.75 to 1.50 feet
1.00 to 2.00 feet
August to September
Lavender to white
Full sun to part shade
Ground Cover, Naturalize
Rabbit, Deer, Drought, Erosion, Air Pollution
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, fertile soils in part shade. Spreads quickly by underground rhizomes to form colonies, and can be quite aggressive. Mow in early spring to remove old foliage.
Liriope spicata is a rhizomatous, grass-like perennial which forms a clump of narrow, arching, glossy, dark green leaves (to 1/4″ wide) typically growing 9-15″ high. Erect flower spikes with pale lavender to white flowers arise, somewhat hidden, among the leaves in late summer. Flowers often give way to blackish berries in fall. Evergreen in the South, but can turn brown considerably in areas with cold winters.
Genus name honors a Greek woodland nymph, Liriope, the mother of Narcissus.
Specific epithet means spike-bearing.
Common name of lily turf acknowledges the plant’s turf-like growing habit. It is not a grass and was previously place in the lily family but is now placed in the asparagus family
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