Growing Lilyturf: Tips at a Glance
- Type Flowering ground cover
- Lifespan Perennial
- USDA Zones 6-10
- Light Sun or shade
- Water Moist soil
- When to Plant Divide every 2-3 years
- Design Tip Grass alternative
- Companions Daylilies, coral bells
- Peak Season Summer flowers
Lilyturf: A Field Guide
With its swordlike leaves and clumping tendencies, lilyturf masquerades as an ornamental grass in many a garden. This perennial ground cover will perform well in both sun and shade and will send spiky purple or blue flowers into the air in summertime.
To fill bare patches in a garden, designers frequently depend on two species of lilyturf: Liriope muscari (known as monkey grass) and Liriope spicata (spider grass). The main difference is in how they grow; L. muscari is taller and forms clumps while L. spicata is a fast-growing creeper. If you garden in southeastern states in the US, beware that L. spicata may be considered an invasive plant (confine it with a boundary to keep it from overtaking over plants).