Big blue lilyturf
- Position: partial shade or full shade
- Soil: moist but well-drained soil
- Flowering period: August to October
- Height: 30-40cm
- Foliage: evergreen
- Hardiness: fully hardy
With evergreen grass-like leaves and attractive spikes of violet-purple flowers in late summer, Liriope muscari adds interest to a border all year-round. It’s also an extremely good ground cover that can cope with shade or partial shade. If planted in a sunny spot, ensure that the soil remains moist.
Good forms include Liriope muscari ‘Moneymaker’ and ‘Royal Purple’. Both varieties produce lovely violet-purple flowers on upright stems. Or for pure white flowers try Liriope muscari ‘Monroe White’. It grows to about 30cm tall.
How and when to cut back Liriope muscari ( Big blue Lilyturf). If the leaves are exposed to cold winds or severe frosts, they will turn brown. To maintain the appearance of the plant cut back all of the old and damaged leaves to about 5cm above the ground in spring, just before new growth emerges. Pruning is not mandatory. If the foliage looks good, don’t prune the plant. Liriope muscari will still produce new leaves and flowers.
Pruning Liriope muscari
As a ground cover best planted in a group. Add plenty of compost to the soil before planting. Plant Liriope muscari 15cm apart.
Liriope muscari is fully hardy but plants will benefit from a sheltered position as cold winds and frost can damage foliage.
Liriope muscari ‘Monroe White’ Vinca m. ‘Variegata’
Liriope muscari will look good with a range of partners such as Vinca minor, Ferns, Bergenia, Hosta and Euphorbia amygdaloides