Search 1000s of Fact Sheets
Gardens
Pets
Lifestyle

Keywords

Subcategory

Keywords

Exact matches only

Subcategory

Keywords

Exact matches only

Subcategory

Backyard Blitz Factsheets
ADVERTISEMENT.
ADVERTISEMENT.
In the Magazine

Liriope muscari

In the Garden > Flowering Plants & Shrubs

Liriope muscari

Teena Crawford is co-host of radio program 'Smart Gardening' on Melbourne's 3AW. Two years ago she planted her front yard with Liriope muscari as a lawn substitute. On the day Burke's Backyard visited, Teena's 'lawn' was in full flower, and looked so spectacular that passers-by were stopping to admire it.

Plant details

Common name: Lily turf Botanic name: Liriope muscari

Description:

An evergreen perennial to about 60cm (24") tall, and 45cm (18") wide. It has strappy, green leaves and erect stems of bell-shaped, purple flowers.

The genera Liriope and Ophiopogon are closely related and there is some confusion over their botanic names, particularly since some have been renamed recently but are still being sold under their old names. They are both commonly referred to as mondo grass or lily turf.

Varieties mentioned in our segment
'Monroe White'

- creamy white flowers (also sold as 'Monroe's White')


'Royal Purple'
- deep purple flowers


'Samantha'
- pink flowers


Best climate:
Liriope muscari grows in all areas of Australia except for the tropics.


Uses: groundcover borders and edging lawn substitute shade gardens pots

Good points: evergreen foliage attractive flowers long flowering low maintenance hardy drought tolerant easy to grow

Downside:

Needs protection from snails. Care: Liriopes like well-drained soil and a position in full sun or part shade. In late winter cut back ragged leaves, allowing new leaves to grow in spring. Lift and divide old clumps when dormant in late winter. Protect from snails. Teena suggests planting liriope 40cm (16") apart if you want to try growing it as a lawn substitute.

Getting started:

Liriope muscari is available at nurseries and garden centres. Expect to pay from $10 for 140mm (6") pots, and from $18 for 200mm (8") pots.

Copyright CTC Productions 2002

Disclaimer:  Burke's Backyard and Backyard Blitz do not accept payment to promote products. All recommendations are genuine. Details on the fact sheets are accurate at the time of publishing, however prices and contact information are not updated and may change.

Special Gift Pack
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
The Message Board

Get help, share your knowledge

5002 posts
1720 users
3249 posts
1095 users
1850 posts
867 users
1503 posts
599 users
611 posts
306 users

View all forums

Members
The Lazy Gardener
The Lazy Gardener
Don Burke's all new The Lazy Gardener is out now.
buy now
Organic
Organic
Don's guide to growing organic food for your family.
buy now
Indigenous
Indigenous
Don's story, his own stunnning native garden, plus expert advice and tips
buy now
Kid's gardening kit
Kid's Gardening Kit
A great kids gardening kit with tools and fun activities.
buy now
© 2007-2014 CTC Productions, All Rights Reserved
Home | Message Board | Fact Sheets | Members | Magazine | CTC Facilities | About Us | Privacy Policy | Contact Us