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Lily turf

Liriope muscari

Big blue lilyturf, Border grass, Monkey grass (Eng.), Leliegras(Afr.)

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Spreading, rhizomatous, green, grass-like foliage, Lily turf is a striking addition to any temperate garden, especially with the spikes of purple-blue flowers that bloom in summer followed by dark berries. Popular among all types of gardeners, Lily turf clumps stays evergreen year-round in various climates and serves as a tough ornamental garden or container plant. Its landscape uses include being used as border plants and as ground covers. This ornamental plant is also widely used for erosion control.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Harvesting of cut-flowers is done by cutting the flowers at the bottom of each stalk.

Propagation

Division
Easily reproduced by dividing the root mass. Divide during the cool or rainy season. Plants produced by division are identical to the mother plant and will be of the same shape and size.

Special features

Repels harmful insects
The essential oil exhibits potent contact toxicity against beetles like Tribolium castaneum, Lasioderma serricorne and booklice(Liposcelis bostrychophila) adults.
Drought resistant
Can tolerate drought once established.
Attracts useful insects
The flowers attract insects such as bees and butterflies.
Attracts birds
The fruits attract various fruit-eating birds.
Pot plant
Good container plant, given enough drainage holes.
Attractive leaves
Evergreen ribbon-like leaves.

Geography

Origin
East Asia
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Personality

Family
Asparagaceae
Flower colour
Lilac-purple and blues
Scent
None

Problems

Pests include scale, slugs and snails. Diseases include root rot and Anthracnose fungus.

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