Variegated Lilyturf


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  • Ophiopogon jaburan ‘Vittatus’
  • Evergreen
  • Hardy
  • Plant in full sun or semi-shade
  • Water moderately


Variegated Lilyturf

Variegated Lilyturf – Liriope muscari ‘Variegata’.  Vibrant yellow stripes brighten the dark green, arching, grass-like foliage that adds color to any planting. Lilac flowers appear on stems as tall as the leaves. An easy to grow, clump-forming groundcover or edging around perennial or shrub borders.

Lilyturf is a low-growing, herbaceous perennial ideal as a ground cover, in border areas, in naturalized areas and under trees and shrubs. Variegated liriope lilies, also called variegated lilyturf, grow 15cm to 30cm tall and form dense clumps 30cm to 90cm wide. In summer, they produce delicate purple flowers on tall stalks. This variety of lilyturf has ornamental dark green leaves with yellow edges, creating visual interest in a garden.

Find a partially to fully shaded location to put variegated lilyturf plants. In cool areas, find a location that receives partial sunlight to full shade. These hardy plants grow in both clay soil and sandy soil and can tolerate acidic and alkaline soil conditions, but they grow best in loamy, acidic soil.

Dig planting holes the same depth as each variegated lilyturf lily’s root ball. Space the holes 30cm apart. Place each variegated lilyturf in its planting hole. Ensure the base of each plant’s stems is level with the soil line. Fill the remainder of each planting hole with soil.

Water the plants once each week to keep their soil moist. In hot, dry weather, check the soil more often, and apply water whenever the soil feels dry.

Clip off each plant’s dead leaves in fall or winter at the end of the growing season with a pair of shears.

Dig up and divide variegated lilyturf plants in spring before the main growing season if dividing the plants is necessary. Slide a shovel under a plant’s clump, and lift it from the ground. Break the clump into three or four sections, and replant the sections of clumps separately, spacing them 30cm apart. Divide the plants every two to three years to prevent overcrowding.

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