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  • Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    18 in. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Deer Resistant
    Blooms:
    Late spring to summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:lir-EYE-oh-pee mus-KAR-ee
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:5 - 10, 12 - 24
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:18 in. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late spring to summer
    Flower color:Purple
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleContemporary
    Design IdeasThis Lilyturf is unique because of its lovely purple flower spikes. Its strap-leaf foliage can be arranged to appear either very formal as edging or quite informal in irregularly shaped drifts and clumps. All Lilyturf species are made-to-order for city gardens or condominium communities. Thrives in courtyards and atriums, where soils remain perpetually moist. 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. Makes charming potted plants for greenery amidst more exotic blossoms.
    Companion PlantsLilac Beauty is the perfect plant for under and around shrubs that prefer some shade, such as Valley Valentine Pieris (Pieris japonica 'Valley Valentine'), Kramer's SupremeTM Japanese Camellia (Camellia japonica Kramer's SupremeTM) and Silver Blue Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Mariesii Variegata'). Mix this with contrasting variegated Silvery Sunproof Lilyturf (Liriope muscari 'Silvery Sunproof') or Dwarf Bamboo (Sasa pygmaea).
  • 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).
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This genus was classified in the 18th century by Portuguese Jesuit Loureiro in China. He named the genus after mythological nymph, Liriope. Not until the 20th century did L.H. Bailey assign the species there. Early on Liriopes were grouped with the Ophiopogons and known as maidong in their land of origin.
    Lore:
    In ancient China where paper was an expensive commodity, leaves of this plant were used as bookmarks and thus often found growing at educational institutions and libraries.