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Variegated Liriope - Monkey Grass / Lilyturf
Variegated Liriope, also known as Lily Turf or Monkey Grass, is one tough plant. More details below!!

Variegated Liriope - Monkey Grass / Lilyturf

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Variegated Liriope
Liriope muscari 'Variegata'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-11  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of  USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6a, where this Liriope variety is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

Variegated Liriope, also known as Lily Turf or Monkey Grass, is one of the toughest landscape plants in the world. Stomp on it, drive over it with your car, cut it back to the ground...heck, we've accidentally sprayed it with glyphosate-based weed killers such as Roundup and it didn't die. That said, we don't advise spraying it with any broad spectrum weed killers. Unlike other Liriope varieties that spread where they aren't wanted, 'Variegata' forms neat clumps which gradually increase in size over time. In other words, you won't see runners popping up 2 feet away from the plant! 

Variegated Liriope sports some very attractive variegated leaves of white to creamy yellow with a dark green strip down the center. Lilac-lavender flower spikes resembling hyacinths rise above the clumps of grass-like foliage in summer, adding extra appeal. 


Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in a clump 12 to 15 inches tall and spreading 15 to 18 inches wide over time, Variegated Liriope is ideal for use as a low-maintenance edging along walkways and paths and the perimeters of patios and garden beds. For outstanding splashes of color, plant it in patches or mass plantings as a groundcover in landscape borders and home foundations. A very nice underplanting for small trees such as Crape Myrtle, which bloom at almost the same time during summer. Provides a nice grassy texture and color in combination container gardens. 

Suggested Spacing:  12-15" apart for use as a solid border or groundcover; 24 inches apart for space between plants.





Cultural Preferences

Variegated Liriope grows well in most any moist but well-drained soil of average fertility and full sun or shade. Established plants tolerate periods of dry soil.




Helpful Articles 

Click on a link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant, fertilize, prune and water Liriope Lily Turf plants.





Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-11  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Semi-Evergreen Groundcover
Height at Maturity:  12-15"
Width at Maturity:  15" or more
Spacing:  12-15" apart for groundcover or solid border edging
Growth Habit / Form:  Arching, Clumping, Dense, Upright
Growth Rate:  Slow to Moderate
Flower Color:  Lilac-Lavender
Flower Type:  Single flowers clustered on upright spikes
Flower Size:  Small
Flowering Period:  Summer
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Yellow/White, Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  Yes, Black
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Shade!
Water Needs:  Average, low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt
Soil Drainage:  Well Drained
Soil pH:  6.0 - 7.0
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low
Attracts:  Visual attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Heat, Humidity, Shade, Insect


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