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Lilyturf

Ophiopogon spp.

Also known as

Snakesbeard

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Tender

10b

USDA zone

2°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Lilyturf Overview

A genus of 60 to 70 species of small, tufted rhizomatous evergreen perennial plants in the Asparagaceae family native to Southeast Asia where they are found in warm temperate and tropical zones. At first glance they resemble grasses but are not closely related to the Poaceae (true grass) family; they are lilioid monocots and collectively are known as lilyturf. Some species, notably O. planiscapus (black mondo) are commonly grown as ground cover plants for their attractive black foliage and spikes of bell-shaped mauve flowers followed by black berries.

Common problems with Lilyturf

How to propagate Lilyturf

Division

Division in spring.

Seed

Seed in autumn.

Other uses of Lilyturf

Grown for their grass-like foliage.

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