Liriope muscari 'Variegata'
Also known as - Variegated Liriope, Variegated Lily Turfgrass,
Variegated Liriope is a beautiful, colorful "twist" on 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. Variegated Liriope has all those same great characteristics.....but with nice variegated blade color.
Foliage ( blade ) color is medium green base color with bright creamy yellow striping, or variegation. The more sun this variety is exposed to, the brighter the overall appearance will be - but be careful, as too much sun, or very intense heat exposure can cause slight burning / browning of the blade tips. Foliage is extremely dense when mature, and forms a nice, tight evergreen grasslike clump. Throughout the summer months, variegated liriope will put forth a display of numerous lavender colored flower spikes, each one followed by a generous collection of purplish / 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: 12 - 18 inches ( flower spikes go up to about 18" or so on mature clumps )
Mature Width: 12 - 20 inches
Growth rate: Moderate to fast ( 6"-10" avg per yr )
Sun Exposure: Full sun to full shade - does best in a part sun / part shade location if possible
Soil Preference: Rich & moist, 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 medium green base color and
bright yellow variegation throughout each blade which is
displayed as striping on the grass blades. Color is best if planted in areas with 4-6 hrs of direct sun per day.
Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: Flowers - Nice lavender colored flower spikes are displayed throughout most of the summer months.
Diseases / Insects: None to mention
Recommended Spacing: 18"
apart for most applications such as mass plantings, groundcover,
erosion control. Widen spacing to approx. 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 grasses.
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.Additional Features & Characteristics:
Drought Tolerant: Variegated
Liriope Grass has shown itself to have exceptional drought tolerance,
and a fairly low overall water requirement once established.
Shade Tolerant Selection: This variety has shown to thrive quite well in shadier locations in addition to full / part sun settings.