Trimming Variegated Liriope - Knowledgebase Question

Denison, TX
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Question by bljacobs
March 20, 1999
We trim back our green monkey grass (liriope) in March. We have a lot of variegated liriope and wonder if we should also trim it back. New shoots are coming up and the leaves from last year look good, but are laying on the ground.
Should we trim back the variegated liriope?

Answer from NGA
March 20, 1999
You can if you wish, however the plant doesn't need to be trimmed, other than for aesthetic reasons. If you do trim, it is best to trim it back in late winter, before the new growth comes out. That way the new growth will not have cut, jagged tips. Use a mower to cut the old liriope back to the ground.

You can still cut the liriope back and it will regrow fine. You will just have some jagged tips when it does.

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