Lilac Beauty Lilyturf
Lilac Beauty Lilyturf
Liriope muscari 'Lilac Beauty'Item #5884 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 11
A lovely evergreen perennial with spreading clumps of dark green, grass-like foliage. The dense mounds are accented by spikes of violet flowers. An easy-to-grow plant used for the fronts of borders.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:lir-EYE-oh-pee mus-KAR-eeDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:5 - 10, 12 - 24Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:18 in. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Late spring to summerFlower color:PurpleFlower attributesShowy FlowersGarden styleContemporaryDesign 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).
- CareCare InformationFollow 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:Partial sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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.