variegated liriope vs. variegated flax - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by edyafree
July 8, 2010
I am in Central Florida, zone 8-9.
What are the differences in care, appearance, lifespan, requirements for water,sun and food, maintenance, etc. between these 2 plants


Answer from NGA
July 8, 2010
The Liriope 'Variegated', Lirope muscari 'Variegata', also known as Lirope variegated lily-turf, is as it's name implies, a variegated border grass. The grassy foliage is edged with creamy yellow.

It has purple-blue blooms, similar to grape hyacinths, that appear on top the tidy 9 to 12" plants in early fall. It's excellent for edging and ground covers and grows best in full shade to only a few hours of morning sun in Florida. It loves rich, moist soil.

Varieagated flax also is more drought toleratn but has the same shade/sun requirement. It grows up to 18" tall and has tiny lavender-blue flowers, followed by blue berries in the spring.

Both are easy to maintain.

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