Liriope Royal Purple

Height 50cm
Spread 50cm
Full sun
Full sun/Part Shade
Full Shade
Dry Tolerant
Frost Hardy
Botanical Name: Liriope muscari Royal Purple

Variety Profile

These hardy perennials are favoured for their attractive evergreen foliage of deep green.  From late summer, upright spikes of hyacinth-like flowers emerge through the clumps of strappy foliage. Tolerant of dry and low light locations they are ideal for mass planting low maintenance areas or edging paved areas such as pathways and drives. Liripopes originate from East Asia and spread by runners but are not condsidered invasive as their spread can be easily controlled by lifting and removing any encroachment not required. They are often confused as a form of Mondo grass but actually belong to a different genus.

Cultural Care

Well suited to all general garden situations including coastal conditions.  Easy to grow, frost tolerant and dry tolerant, this variety performs best in a shaded position although it will survive in full shade.  An application of slow release fertiliser during spring would be beneficial to overall performance. Although tough in dry situations, regular watering to ensure establishment should be given for the first year after planting. In some areas protection from snails may be required.

Plant Uses

The year round, tidy appearance of this variety lends itself perfectly to borders and edging along paths and driveways. Use to fill in gaps in rockeries or mass plant to cover difficult embankments. Makes an ideal, hardy groundcover where it can be used as a lawn substitute in areas too dry or shady for lawns to grow well. Can be an attractive specimen for large containers on patios and entertaining areas where repeating three or more containers in a row will give a very contemporary, modern look.

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