Liriope (Liriope)

Liriope Plant Features

Looking for a groundcover for a hard to plant location? Then, look no further because liriope fills the bill. This tough, drought-resistant perennial thrives in full sun, but also works in deep shade. Liriope can also tolerate wet spots or bone-dry conditions. Occasionally called lilyturf or monkey grass, liriope offers plenty of color, too. The in the spring the plant develops strap-like green or variegated leaves, followed by spikes of blue or white flowers in the summer. And for a fall finale, the faded flowers form pretty blue-black berries. Butterflies and hummingbirds also love the nectar-rich flowers. Liriope grows 12 to 18 inches tall and works at the edge of a garden path or planted em masse on a hillside or slope.  The plants are deer resistant. Hardy from zones 5-9.

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Liriope Growing Instructions

Liriope is not fussy about light or soil conditions, but does best in a sunny spot with well drained soil. Space the plants 12 to 18 inches apart if you want to eventually carpet an area with foliage.

Although liriope is evergreen, some gardeners like to cut it back in late winter early spring to encourage a crop of fresh foliage. 

Liriope is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
  • Water

    Low water needs

  • Light

    Outside: Part sun

    Outside: Shade

    Outside: Sun

  • Colors





  • Special Features

    Attracts butterflies

    Attracts hummingbirds

    Colorful foliage

    Deer/rabbit resistant


    Super-easy to grow

Complement your Liriope

Add a touch of silver to a bed of Liriope by adding some Lamium to the border.

Geranium, Perennial
Low growing and colorful, Cranesbill Geranium makes a good companion for Liriope.

Blue Fescue
Mixing Blue Fescue and Liriope together on a sunny hillside is an attractive option.

Our favorite varieties

Variegated Liriope

Variegated Liriope

Liriope spicata 'Variegata'

Add an extra dose of color to your landscape with variegated liriope. The arching, bright green foliage is beautifully striped with creamy-yellow and, in the late summer, each plant develops short, violet-purple flowers that resemble grape hyacinths. The plants grow 9 to 15 inches tall.

Aztec Grass

Aztec Grass

Liriope muscari 'Aztec'

Aztec Grass is an easy-care evergreen perennial for sun or shade. It has grassy green foliage edged in white and white summer flowers. It grows up to 24 inches tall and wide. Zones 6-10