• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water weekly, or more often in extreme heat, until established.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 15 inches tall and wide, spreading by rhizomes.
    Key Feature:
    Deer Resistant
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:lir-EYE-oh-pee mus-KAR-ee
    Sunset climate zones:2 - 10, 14 - 24
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Reaches 15 inches tall and wide, spreading by rhizomes.
    Flower color:Purple
    Design 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)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives 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:
    <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
    Water weekly, or more often in extreme heat, until established.
  • 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 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.
    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.