Evergreen Giant Liriope
(Liriope muscari 'Evergreen Giant')
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
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
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.
No pests or diseases are of major concern. Occasional problems with mites, slugs, snails, or scale may occur.
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.
Photos by: Alicia Lamborn
- UF/IFAS Sites
- Demonstration Gardens of the University of Florida's Extension Service
- Ornamental Teaching Gardens: Design, Development and Use
- Types of Gardens
- Lawn and Garden Landscape Design
- Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program
- Florida Yards.org