Evergreen Giant Liriope
(Liriope muscari 'Evergreen Giant')


Plant Description:

Liriope (pronounced luh-RYE-oh-pee) is also sometimes called Lily Turf, forming a solid groundcover in a few years when planted in masses.  As the name implies, the ‘Evergreen Giant’ cultivar is a large, clumping grass-like evergreen perennial.  Its dark green foliage is accented with spikes of purple-lilac blooms during summer, followed by small, showy black fruits in fall.  In addition to its use as a groundcover, this plant looks great when used as edging along walkways or shrub borders.

Mature Size:     1-2 feet tall and wide

Growth Rate:     Moderate

Plant Habit:     Upright

Plant Spacing:     18 inches


Ornamental Characteristics & Uses:

Foliage Color:     Dark Green

Flower Color:     Purple

Bloom Time:      Summer

Attracts Wildlife:     None

Uses:  Edging/Shrub Border, Mass Planting/Groundcover


Growing Requirements:

Cold Hardiness Zone(s):     6 – 10

Exposure:     Shade to Partial Sun

Water Needs:     Moderate 

Soil Tolerances: Moderately Drought Tolerant; Prefers Well-Drained Soils

Soil pH:     Acidic to Alkaline

Maintenance:     Easy/Low


General Care & Growing Tips:

'Evergreen Giant’ enjoys more sun than other types of Liriope.  In full sun, supplemental irrigation may be required to keep plants looking their best.  Fertilize lightly, once or twice a year as needed.  Otherwise, a care-free plant.


Common Pests:

No pests or diseases are of major concern.  Occasional problems with mites, slugs, snails, or scale may occur. 


References:

Gilman, E. F.  (1999).  Liriope muscari 'Evergreen Giant' Evergreen Giant Lilyturf.  University of Florida.  http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fp348


Wichman, T., Knox, G., Gilman, E., Sandrock, D., Schutzman, B., Alvarez, E., Schoellhorn, R., and Larson, B. (2006). Florida-Friendly Plant List.  Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Handbook.  University of Florida.



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