Plant Profile – Liriope
- by Bobbi Grimm
Jul 03, 2018
Liriope are low, grass-like, flowering plants. They originated in East Asia and Southeast Asia. Although it is sometimes called Lilyturf, it is neither a true grass or a Lily. Some folks confuse Liriope with Monkey Grass, which is also known as Mondo Grass. Liriope is a perennial.
Liriope is commonly used as a ground cover or a border plant in landscapes. There are about 20 varieties of Liriope species available, but “Big Blue” is the most commonly available.
Liriope reaches about 1 foot in height and is clump forming. It has a spikey flower, ranging in color from white to blue and lavender. It produces a dark berry in Fall. They can be grown in partial shade but can also tolerate full sun. Either way, they need a well drained soil. They are tough plants that spread easily and quickly, and one can find themselves in a love/hate relationship with them – in some areas, they are considered invasive plants.