Central Florida: variegated loriope vs. variegated flax - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by edyafree
July 1, 2010
What would be some of the considerations in deciding between the 2 plants which seem to be so similar?
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Answer from NGA
July 1, 2010

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Variegated Liriope Lilyturf has unique bluish-white flower spikes 18" tall in July/August followed by dark blue-black berries in September/October. Variegated Liriope Lilyturf is an almost foolproof plant that endures heat, drought, salty seashore conditions, full sun or heavy shade.

Variegated Flax grows up to 18 inches tall. Popular for its white variegation. In mid spring blooms tiny lavender-blue flowers, followed by blue berries. Once established is drought tolerant. Likes partial shade.

The differences are minor, Liriope can withstand the salt conditions better and blooms in the summer vs. flax as a spring blooomer. I also believe the bloom is a bit more showy on the liriope vs the flax. But both are good choices. Good luck!

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