Liriope muscari- Which Liriope muscari, Blue Lilyturf, is Best?


Liriope muscari, is a reliable evergreen ground cover for sun or shade. Find facts and info on which Liriope muscari is best for your landscape. Liriope also makes excellent border plants.

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Liriope muscari (Blue lilyturf)

If you are looking for flowers, foliage and berries, you can’t go wrong with Blue Lilyturf. Blue lilyturf (Liriope muscari) grows well in Zones 6-10. It reaches heights of 12” x 18” w. It is a perennial with a rounded form.

Blue lilyturf tolerates full sun, part shade, or full shade (afternoon shad is preferred in the south) and prefers moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Try to protect the plants from strong winds and wet soils in all climates.

Lirope muscari Flowers

Spikes of tiny purple blooms appear from late summer through autumn. It has dense clumps of narrow, arching dark green evergreen leaves that are tolerant of most sun and soil situations.

Liriope muscari has deep blue berries that follow the blooms and will often last until frost. The plants are drought tolerant once they are established.

Uses of Blue Lilyturf

Blue lilyturf is used as ground covers in tree or shrub beds, as a turf substitute, and in containers. Full-sun companions include ‘Fairy Princess’ and ‘Krinkled White’ peonies, Russian sage, bluebeard, and ‘Vivid’ obedient plant. Part-shade companions include ‘Amethystina’ toad lily, and ‘Frances Williams’ and ‘Gold Standard’ hostas.

Liriope muscari Care 

Plants should be spaced 12-18” apart in late spring. Apply slow-release granular plant food at time of planting. Cease feeding 4-6 weeks prior to first frost date. Give transplants ample water until they are established. Otherwise, water only when the soil becomes dry 2-3” below the surface. Apply 3” of vegetative mulch in summer and winter to help retain soil moisture.

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Liriope muscari 'Big Blue'

Deadhead spent blooms. Shear back in early spring to promote new growth. Tip: An easy way to accomplish this task is to set a lawnmower at its highest setting then mow off the tattered overwintering foliage.

Propagation: Divide plants in spring or fall. Dig around the tubers and lift. Use a sharp spade to slice through the root system. Reset portions that contain healthy roots and top shoots, then water and mulch.

Pests and Diseases: These plants are relatively pest free. Make sure you don’t have overly wet soil as this could cause anthracnose and root rot.

Best Varieties of Liriope muscari

Liriope muscari 'Big Blue'- blooms in summer and grows 12-15" tall and wide in partial sun.

Liriope muscari 'Majestic' grows more upright, used as edging and can replace lawn.

The cultivar ‘Grandiflora’ is taller than the species, with narrow, arching leaves and lavender flowers.

‘Variagata’ leaves are gold-striped

‘John Burch’ has yellow-green center stripe in the center of the leaves.

‘Silvery Midget’ leaves are variegated white.

‘Monroe White’ has an abundance of white flowers.

‘Curly Twist’ has curiously twisted leaves.

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