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Liriope muscari ‘Variegata’

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Lilyturf is a great choice for problem sites, such as the dry shade under a tree canopy. ‘Variegata’ is a vibrant, grass-like plant with green foliage, striped with cream. Leaves are wider and more blunt at their tip than grasses, and in warmer climates, the foliage persists through the winter. Clumps run from 1 to 1-1/2 feet tall and half again as wide. Spikes of small blue-violet flowers appear in late September and are followed by dark purple berries. -Lou Anella, Regional Picks: Southern Plains, Fine Gardening issue #127

Noteworthy CharacteristicsCrisp, virtually indestructible leaves look attractive all season and often well into the winter.

CarePrefers light, acidic soil. Protect from strong winds. Grow in light, moist but well-drained, moderately fertile soil.

PropagationIn spring, sow seed in containers outdoors or divide plants.

ProblemsAnthracnose, leaf spot, root rot, and slugs.

  • Genus : Liriope
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant
  • Bloom Time : Fall
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
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  1. user-7007409 03/06/2015

    I am sure this is what I have in my zone 8b partial shade garden but mine has never bloomed although the plant remains lovely looking all year long. Is there a non-blooming version or a reason mine does not flower?

  2. annmoroz 08/18/2015

    I like muscari bulbs very much. I have got them in my garden: http://groweris.com/blog/?p=733

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