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Liriope muscari 'Variegata'

Variegated Lily Turf

One of the prettiest of all the lily turfs, this plant forms clumps of evergreen, grass-like leaves with creamy yellow margins. The cheery purple flower spikes of this plant appear in late summer nearly two weeks after most other lily turfs have finished flowering. Exhibiting the same grape hyacinth-like charm as other lily turfs, the flowers are followed by black berries in fall. Tough and easy to grow, this plant thrives in full sun to part shade, is drought tolerant, and is highly resistant to disease and pests. Quite versatile in the landscape, variegated lily turf is great for adding a splash of year-round color in the troublesome weed-prone spots in your yard. Leaf variegation is most vivid in full sun.

Great accent plant
Attractive, variegated foliage
Light purple flowers
Height: 12-18 Inches
Spread: 12 Inches
Zone: 5-10
Color: Purple

Variegated Lily Turf Characteristics & Attributes

Part Shade
Part Sun
Soil Moisture Needs
Good Drainage
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Growth Rate
Drought Tolerant
Ground Cover
Dry Shade
Accent Plant
Mass Planting
Dry Sun
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Variegated Lily Turf

Liriope muscari is a robust, easy to grow plant that is disease resistant and tolerates a wide range of conditions from full sun to shade. It is also drought tolerant and actually thrives in poor soils, so long as they are adequately drained. Clump forming plants spread by underground stoloniferous roots and are easily propagated by division. In late winter, plants can be tidied up by being mowed to the ground before the new leaves emerge in spring.

Interesting Notes

This plant's genus name comes from Greek mythology, referencing a fountain nymph named Liriope who was the mother of Narcissus. Its species name references the floral similarity of this Liriope species with Muscari (grape hyacinths). The common name "lily turf" acknowledges the plant's turf-like growing habit and membership in the lily (not grass) family. (Kemper Center)