Lily Turf

Liriope muscari

Big Blue Lilyturf

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Spreading, rhizomatous, green, grass-like foliage, Lily turf is a striking addition to any temperate garden, especially with the spikes of purple-blue flowers that bloom in summer followed by dark berries. Popular among all types of gardeners, Lily turf clumps stays evergreen year-round in various climates and serves as a tough ornamental garden or container plant. Its landscape uses include being used as border plants and as ground covers. This ornamental plant is also widely used for erosion control.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Harvesting of cut-flowers is done by cutting the flowers at the bottom of each stalk.

Propagation

Division

Easily reproduced by dividing the root mass. Divide during the cool or rainy season. Plants produced by division are identical to the mother plant and will be of the same shape and size.

Special features

Repels harmful insects

The essential oil exhibits potent contact toxicity against beetles like Tribolium castaneum, Lasioderma serricorne and booklice(Liposcelis bostrychophila) adults.

Drought resistant

Can tolerate drought once established.

Attracts useful insects

The flowers attract insects such as bees and butterflies.

Attracts birds

The fruits attract various fruit-eating birds.

Pot plant

Good container plant, given enough drainage holes.

Attractive leaves

Evergreen ribbon-like leaves.

Special features

Origin

East Asia

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Personality

Family

Asparagaceae

Flower colour

Purple, Blue

Scent

None

Problems

Pests include scale, slugs and snails. Diseases include root rot and Anthracnose fungus.
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