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Liriope muscari 'Big Blue' - Also known as Big Blue Lily Turfgrass

Overall Description

Big Blue Liriope is an improved version of an old traditional favorite. The standard Muscari ( Green Liriope ) has been used in staggering numbers over the past several decades, due to its excellent hardiness, thick coverage, and extremely wide variety of landscape applications. Big Blue Liriope has all those same great characteristics.....but with a few interesting "twists", or improvements.

Foliage ( blade ) color is an even deeper green, with just a hint of blue to it if fed properly. Foliage is extremely dense when mature, and forms a nice, tight evergreen grasslike clump. Throughout the summer months, Big Blue will put forth a display of numerous blue colored flower spikes, each one followed by a generous collection of bluish / black colored berries in the fall season. Nice thick blades form a mounded clump.

Uses for this variety are almost endless - but among the most common are: planted on slopes for groundcover / erosion control, around the base of larger trees & shrubs as groundcover, edging along landscape beds, along walkways, and I have even seen this grass used as a low growing accent in large container gardens. Even works very well in shady locations - so versatile, it's not even funny!!

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 1 - 2 feet ( flower spikes go up to about 24" or so on mature clumps )

--Mature Width : 1 - 2 feet

--Growth rate :
Moderate ( 6" - 8" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
6 - 10

--Sun Exposure :
Full sun to full shade

--Soil Preference :
Average to slightly acidic - well drained........will adapt to a wide variety of soil compositions.

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen / Grasslike - Very thick, wide, heavy blade like foliage with excellent dark green color. Will display just a hint of blue color to the blades if fed properly, and sun exposure is right.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Cones - 1/2" to 3/4" in size, and start out as a bluish white color, eventually ripening to a mahogany brown. Cones contain wingless seeds.

--Diseases / Insects :
Bagworms, spider mites, and canker ( Seiridium spp. ) are the most common problems seen with this variety.

--Recommended Spacing :
18" apart for most applications such as mass plantings, groundcover, erosion control. Widen spacing to at least 2 ft apart if you want distinction between individual clumps.

--Deer Resistance Rating :
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend POOPeas for use with all of our ornamental grass species. However, either water soluble (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or granular fertilizers ( Holly Tone is excellent ) are also good options. Most any granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio are also acceptable. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. POOPeas may be used at anytime.

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