Variegated LiriopeLiriope muscari 'Variegata'
Variegated leaves and attractive, violet-blue flowers give this plant its charm. Variegated Liriope is a 6 to 12 inch tall herbaceous perennial that is useful in the landscape as a ground cover and accent pant. The 8 – 20 inch long, grass, grass-like leaves have a yellow stripe on their outer margin and arise from a central crown. The small, purple flowers occur in terminal racemes that sit atop an 8 – 10 inch tall, violet-brown scape. These flowers appear in the summer and are followed by blue-black berrylike fruits. Flowers are mostly inconspicuous due to the brightly colored foliage.
Use and Management
Varigated Liriope is a great plant for bordering a sidewalk or as an edging for a landscape bed. It will grow well underneath trees or around shrubs. However, it will not tolerate foot traffic. Variegated Liriope will grow in a sunny location, but prefers one that has partial shade or full shade. It prefers well-drained soils and is moderately tolerant of drought and salt spray. This plant has a negative reaction to high temperatures and can melt out in warm weather. Shear this plant back in spring with a sharp mower blade. This will encourage a flush of new growth. Do this before the new growth emerges. Liriope is easily propagated by division in early spring.
for 1 gal containers, Plant in triangular spacing. Bed Preparation: Spread 3” of bed mix in ground cover beds, Till 6” deep,
rake beds to drain away from structure. Plant. Topdress with 2” of double ground
(fine) hardwood mulch. Hand water in after planting Set sprinkler controller to water beds: Once every two days for two weeks in spring and early fall. Once a day for two weeks when temperatures reach 98+ degrees. Have Owner monitor moisture and report over or under watering immediately. After two weeks reassess the watering needs, and set at twice a week thereafter.
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