The Main Plant entry for Liriopes (Liriope)

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Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 18 inches
Plant Spread: 18 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets


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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Feb 12, 2012 1:37 PM

Cold weather can leave liriope (commonly called monkey grass) damaged and ragged. Flowerbeds and driveway borders can become overgrown and untidy if the plant is not trimmed back.

The best time to trim monkey grass is January-March. A lawnmower set high can sometimes be used to remove all of the old greenery. New growth will not be harmed by the mower if the grass-like plant is cut at that time. If you wait much later, the trimming must be done with a hedge trimmer above the new growth. Make cuts just above new sprouts.

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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 20, 2013 8:57 PM

"Liriope is a genus of low, grass-like, flowering plants from East Asia. Some species are often used in landscaping in temperate latitudes. It may be called lilyturf in North America although neither a true grass (family Poaceae) nor lily (genus Lilium). In the APG III classification system, it is placed in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Nolinoideae (formerly the family Ruscaceae). Like many lilioid monocots, it was once classified with lilies in the family Liliaceae; it has also been placed in Convallariaceae. The genus was named for Liriope in Greek mythology.

Liriope are usually used in the garden for their evergreen foliage as a groundcover. Some species, e.g., L. spicata, grow aggressively in the right conditions, spreading by runners; hence their nickname, "creeping lilyturf".

In the southeastern United States Liriope is sometimes referred to by the nickname monkey grass or spider grass.

Liriope muscari is perhaps most widespread in cultivation and is considered appropriate for USDA Hardiness Zones 6-10.

Spikes of tiny violet-blue flowers appear in late summer, and will be more prolific with a dose or two of fertilizer early in the season. A number of variegated varieties are now available to add golden or silver flashes of color to shady situations."

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