• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Shade Loving
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:lir-EYE-oh-pee gi-GANT-te-a
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFlowers for Cutting
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Design IdeasLilyturf is the workhorse of warmer shade gardens. Its strap-leaf foliage never grows beyond its designated size, which is perfect for city gardens or condominium communities. Thrives in courtyards and atriums, where soils remain perpetually moist. Uniform size makes it ideal for edging plants. Remarkably beautiful in dry streambeds or beside water gardens and fountains. Fits well into Asian-inspired schemes and as a texture contrast in Fern dells. Begs to be planted where its attractive flowers can be viewed up close.
    Companion PlantsThis big plant is a great alternative if you have had little success with Hosta. Plant this dark-green variety with the bright Golden Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola') and the vivid greens of giant Tasmanian Tree Fern (Dicksonia antarctica). Use as an edging for a mass of fragrant Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides). Also works very well in informal drifts with contrasting texture of Heartleaf Bergenia (Bergenia x 'Evening Glow').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    These natives of China were first described by Kaempher in 1712. The genus was later given by Portuguese Jesuit botanist missionary working in China, Juan Loureiro. The genus is named after the mother of Narcissos, Liriope. The species, named by Bailey refers to the Greek worked muschos, meaning fragrant. This group is closely related to genus Ophiopogon. Liriopes and Ophiopogons have been extensively cultivated in the deep south, particularly coastal regions where they substitute for lawn. They can be found on the grounds of many old estates, parks and plantation homes.
    In China, these plants are known as "book tape herb" and grown in every scholar's garden to use as book marks when paper was a once a very rare commodity.