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Care of the plant Liriope muscari or Monkey grass.

Care of the rhizomatous plant Liriope muscari or Monkey grass

The genus Liriope, family Asparagaceae, includes 6 species of herbaceous plants native to the Far East. Some species are: Liriope muscari, Liriope spicata, Liriope graminifolia.

Common names: Lily turf, Big blue lilyturf, Lilyturf, Border grass, Monkey grass, Spider grass. This species is native to Japan.

They are rhizomatous plants with a compact bearing that reach 30 cm (11.8") in height. They have bright evergreen, linear dark green or variegated leaves. The small purple bell-shaped flowers appear hanging on erect spikes. They bloom in summer and fall. They produce black fruits.

These easy-to-grow and very resistant plants are used in upholstered beds, in borders, in undergrowths and in planters and pots for terraces and balconies. They are ideal for coastal gardens and for cities.

The Liriope muscari can grow in full sun, semi-shade and shade exposures. It resists frost down to -15 ºC (5 ºF).

They grow in any type of soil but prefer well-drained soil that contains organic matter.

They are very resistant to drought; water occasionally throughout the year. In winter they can keep up with the rains.

Fertilize with compost or manure in late winter.

Prune off wilted flower spikes and remove dry leaves in late winter.

They are resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated by division in early spring and from seeds sown in spring.

Images of the rhizomatous plant Liriope muscari or Monkey grass

Liriope muscari
Liriope muscari
Liriope muscari
Liriope spicata
Liriope spicata