Big Blue Lilyturf - 'Liriope muscari'Big Blue Lilyturf is a grass species originally native to parts of China and Vietnam. Commonly used in massing as a groundcover, it is a native understory plant. Spreading through short stolons, the growth habit is clump-like and very slow. Big Blue Lilyturf is excellent for erosion control and is remarkably suitable as a border plant (unlike Creeping Lilyturf). Big Blue Lilyturf requires minimal maintenance and comes in variegated varieties. It is especially appealing during the fall when it produces single-seeded berry spikes of lavender, blue, and white colors.
||Big Blue Lilyturf, Lilyturf, Monkey Grass|
||Christmas Tree, Evergreen Giant, Gold Band, John Burch, Majestic, Monroe's White, Samantha, Silvery Sunproof, Webster Wideleaf|
||Perennial Grass Groundcover|
||Full Sun to Partial Shade|
||Leaves are narrow, arching, glossy, dark green, and form in clusters. They are typically between 9 and 15 inches in length and typically slightly wider than Creeping Lilyturf (Liriope spicata).|
||8 to 16" in height|
||Zone 4 to 10. For an idea of your plant zone please visit the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.|
||Low evergreen groundcover, that grows in clumps and is perfect for edging.|
|Diseases & Insects:
||No serious diseases or pests occur for creeping lilyturf.|
||Groundcover with many uses; good in heavy shade, can look especially nice when given proper cultural conditions; works wonderfully as a border plant near lawns and sidewalks. Big Blue Lilyturf also tolerates heat, humidity, and drought. |
||Best in deep, soft soil with an elevated drainage.|
||Prune regularly to keep within bounds. The evergreen foliage often turns brown in late winter; old foliage can be cut back or mowed at a high setting before new shoots appear early spring.|
||Act at the end of the winter, or in autumn, adding some manure, or a slow release fertilizer to the ground. In the spring, add fertilizers rich in phosphorous in nitrogen.
||Start at the farthest away area and plant the 'groundcover' evenly and outwards (like painting yourself into a corner). Water well, and remember to water regularly until they have started to grow.