Liriope Spicata
Origins, Planting Tips, and Uses

The Lilies of the Valley come to mind most often when people think of lilies. However, a different kind of lily called Liriope Spicata, is gaining in popularity. Several names for this plant include monkey grass, blue lilyturf, and creeping lilyturf. In this blog post, we will discuss the origins, planting tips, and uses of Liriope Spicata. We will also answer some common questions about this interesting plant.

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Liriope Spicata Basic

Liriope, whose name is derived from new Latin, is a nymph from Roman mythology. It might look like ornamental grass, but it isn’t actually grass. It can be invasive even though it is quite tolerant of adverse environments.

Asia is the home of Liriope Spicata, a member of the Liliaceae family. It is a perennial plant that grows in clusters and can get as tall as two feet. Most liriopes tend to grow between 10 and 18 inches tall. Typically, liriope muscari grows in clumps that can reach a width of 12 to 18 inches.

It blooms in July to August with lavender, purple, pink or white flower spikes. Although the flowers are individually small, they are very showy, since each plant has many spikes of blooms. Clusters of bluish black berry-like fruit follow the flowers.

Different Types of Liriope Spicata

Liriope Muscari and Liriope Plummera are the two types of
liriope spicata. Here is how to tell them apart.

Liriope Muscari

  • Has dark green leaves
  • Can grow up to two feet in height
  • Great plant for borders, flower beds, and pathways and is frequently used in landscaping.

Creeping Lilyturf

  • Has dark green leaves
  • Only grows to be about one foot tall
  • Often used as a ground cover

 

Cultivation and History

Liriope Spicata is native to Asia and has been cultivated for centuries. The early 1900s saw the introduction of this plant to the United States after its initial introduction to Europe in the 1800s. Liriope Spicata is popularly used in gardening and landscaping.

What does a Liriope Spicata Symbolize?

Liriope Spicata is a symbol of peace and serenity. This plant is often used in landscaping and gardening because it is beautiful and easy to care for.

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Liriope Spicata

How to Plant Liriope Spicata

  1. The berries must soak for 24 hours. Remove the seed’s remaining pulp.
  2. Make a 1-part bleach to 9 parts water mixture with household bleach. The bleach removes the phenolic acid that inhibits germination from the seed casing.
  3. In a tidy seed starter pot or the ground, sow the seeds 1/4 inch deep. Till germination, which should take place 1 to 2 weeks, keep it consistently moist. Around 65 to 70 F at room temperature for at least 30 days is ideal for germination.
  4. Transplant the seedling outside or into a larger pot once it has grown to one inch in height.

When to Plant Liriope Spicata

Liriope Spicata can be planted in the spring or fall. Planting seeds is best done eight weeks before the last frost date.

Choosing and Preparing a Planting Site

Liriope Spicata prefers well-drained soil, so be sure to amend your soil with organic matter before planting.

•     Soil Needs:

Liriope Spicata prefers well-drained soil, so be sure to amend your soil with organic matter before planting.

•      Sun Needs:

Prefers full sun to partial shade.

•      Water Needs:

Needs to be watered regularly during the first growing season and it is drought tolerant when already established.

•     Nutrients and Fertilizer Needs:

Does not require a lot of fertilizer, but you can fertilize this plant in the spring with a slow-release fertilizer.

•     Common Pests and Disease

Not susceptible to many insects or diseases but it is susceptible to root rot if the soil is too wet.

Liriope Spicata Planting Process

When planting Liriope Spicata, choose a location in your garden that receives full sun to moderate shade. Because this plant requires well-drained soil, be sure to amend your soil with organic matter before planting.

Uses of Liriope Spicata In Your Garden

Liriope Spicata can be used in many different ways in your garden. Here are some ideas

•     Foundation Planting

The Liriope Evergreen Giant can help keep your home cooler in the summer and lessen erosion.

•     In Flower Beds

Color and texture can be added to flower beds. Liriope Evergreen Giant can also be used to fill gaps in flower beds.

•     As Borders

This plant can help in defining the boundaries of your garden and weed prevention.

•     Along Pathway

Pathways can also be decorated to add beauty and interest. This plant comes in a variety of colors and can help to brighten up any path.

Uses of Liriope Spicata In Your Garden

•     Foundation Planting

The Liriope Evergreen Giant can help keep your home cooler in the summer and lessen erosion.

•     In Flower Beds

Color and texture can be added to flower beds. Liriope Evergreen Giant can also be used to fill gaps in flower beds.

•     As Borders

This plant can help in defining the boundaries of your garden and weed prevention.

•     Along Pathway

Pathways can also be decorated to add beauty and interest. This plant comes in a variety of colors and can help to brighten up any path.

Uses of
Liriope Spicata In Your Home

Lily turf makes as interesting and unusual indoor houseplant. Medium light would be ideal for indoor cultivation.

Add One To Your Garden Today!

If you’re looking for a low-maintenance plant that will add color to your garden, consider Liriope Spicata. The plant is easy to care for and can be used in many different ways.
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