Plant Profile: Liriope (Lily Turf)

Plant Profile: Liriope (Lily Turf)

Liriope is a grass like perennial that typically grows up to 12-18″ tall. They can grow in just about any soil condition, but prefer well drained soil like most perennials. These plants make a great natural border wall for landscapes and garden beds. Liriope can tolerate full sun and almost full shade, which makes them a versatile plant for any landscape. They do not expand aggressively like the Liriope Spicata, so you don’t have to worry about them taking over a garden. One of the best parts about Liriope is their bloom season, which is in August-September. Most perennials flower in the spring, but Liriope’s late bloom gives landscapes a nice violet-blue color in the late summer-early fall.

liriope walkway border

How To Plant Liriope

If you are planting Liriope as a border plant for a landscape, make sure to give at least a foot of space between the edge since these plants spread about 8-12 inches. Planting is very similar to hosta planting.

  1. Dig a hole a few inches deep, depending on how long the root system is. Give ample room for the roots to spread.
  2. Fill in the hole by spreading soil around the crown of the Liriope. If this is a brand new plant with no foliage, do not cover the stolons when spreading soil. The eye is the part that will grow into the plant, so leave it exposed. Most likely though, you are planting Liriope with
liriope division

How To Divide Liriope

Dividing Liriope is also as easy as planting them. Dig up the plant you are dividing, and shake the dirt off of the root system. From here, simply pluck off the individual, or clusters of plant you wish to separate, and plant them by following the instructions above.

We hope you enjoyed this article about Liriope planting and division! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us.

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