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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Mar 19, 2012 1:51 PM CST
I really like Liriope muscari 'Variegata'. This is so easy to grow, you can use it for borders, soil erosion, or just to fill an empty spot. Great color along with darker greens and blues. It does not get big and is not fussy about soil or water. In my zone it is semi-evergreen.
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Mar 19, 2012 4:21 PM CST
Very pretty Susan. Love the purple flowers.
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lovemyhouse
Mar 19, 2012 4:36 PM CST
Me, too. Have about half dozen. Like the variegated better than the solid green and have them planted in with daylilies for that contrast.
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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Mar 19, 2012 5:13 PM CST
Great idea Debra. Thumbs up
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Name: Carole
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Mar 19, 2012 5:39 PM CST
Liriope is such a great plant. Yours looks very nice where you have it, Susan. What a good idea to plant it with daylilies, Debra. Thumbs up
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Mar 19, 2012 6:48 PM CST
I agree
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Mar 19, 2012 9:44 PM CST

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I have not had the best luck with the variegated ones but the all green do great and stay evergreen here.
Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Mar 20, 2012 2:57 AM CST
For sure Bob, you can not go wrong with the green one, they seem to thrive on neglect. Hilarious!
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kqcrna
Mar 20, 2012 4:09 AM CST
I've had one of the variegated ones for over 25 years. I had never heard liriope called monkey grass.

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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Mar 20, 2012 4:34 AM CST
Wow, Seems like everyone around here calls it Monkey Grass. It multiplies pretty fast in my zone so if you have one you have ten. Have you ever divided yours?
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ge1836
Mar 20, 2012 4:45 AM CST
There was a lot of both verigated and plaine here. Its nice stuff and doesnt multiply very fast.
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kqcrna
Mar 20, 2012 4:50 AM CST
Yes, I've divided it many times. I actually got rid of some when we added a new porch a few years ago- we didn't have room for them anymore.

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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Mar 20, 2012 4:58 AM CST
That's great, I love dividing mine. I feel like I'm getting free plants. Hilarious!
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lovemyhouse
Mar 20, 2012 10:40 PM CST
Down here, Liriope and Mondo Grass are sometimes both called Monkey Grass. People get confused. Drooling Sticking tongue out
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Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Mar 21, 2012 2:51 AM CST
For some reason I have'n taken a liking to the mondo grass, Does it work as well as the monkey grass, looks bigger? Guess most people think a grass is a grass is a grass. Green Grin!
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sandnsea2
Mar 21, 2012 6:24 AM CST
kqcrna said:Yes, I've divided it many times. I actually got rid of some when we added a new porch a few years ago- we didn't have room for them anymore.

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We also had a ton of it when we moved here and got rid of most of it.
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Mar 21, 2012 5:13 PM CST
Oh, Sad I wanted more, I put what I had around the corner garden. Green Grin! I put Hosta's in the other bed.
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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Mar 21, 2012 5:31 PM CST
Mondo grass is somewhat smaller and finer. There is a really dark browny purple-black variety, too, which I love. But it needs water and, mindful of conservation, I usually save the extra attention for annuals like geraniums.

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Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Mar 21, 2012 6:12 PM CST
Really? I didn't know that. Thumbs up
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 21, 2012 6:25 PM CST
So nice to finally know the name of this plant : Smiling I see them planted along our walkways here in our development, but I never knew their name. The ones over here are variegated ones and I do love the purple flowers Lovey dubby

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