Liriope muscari 'Aztec Grass'Item #0966 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 11
Eye-catching grass-like perennial with green and silver variegated foliage. A tough and easy to grow edging for pathways and borders. Adds texture and color contrast in mixed beds or containers. Plant in mass for great effect.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial sunWatering Needs:Water weekly, or more often in extreme heat, until established.Average Landscape Size:Reaches 15 inches tall and wide, spreading by rhizomes.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:lir-EYE-oh-pee mus-KAR-eeDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:2 - 10, 14 - 24Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Reaches 15 inches tall and wide, spreading by rhizomes.Blooms:SummerFlower color:PurpleDesign IdeasLiriopes are exceptional small perennials that adapt to a wide range of uses due to their clumping form. Line them up for a solid fine textured edging at the back of lawn or along a sidewalk or flagstone path. Use in a mass for shady groundcover to enhance its silvery looks in dappled light as it is traditionally used in the Asian garden. A great choice for the edges of natural rock edged pools and waterfalls to cover up utilities, gaps in the rock work and unsightly mortar. A very nice container plants for modern and contemporary gardens when paired with just the right pot.Companion PlantsHosta (Hosta); Coneflower (Echinacea); Daylily (Hemerocallis); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum); Speedwell (Veronica)
- CareCare InformationThrives in average, well-drained soils. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Takes mild drought, when established. Needs little care. Clumps may be divided every 2 to 3 years in early spring.Light Needs:Partial sunWatering Needs:Water weekly, or more often in extreme heat, until established.
- History & LoreHistory: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 and a great deal of confusion exists in the nomenclature of Aztec grass, as to exactly which genus it belongs in. 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.Lore: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.