Liriope muscari

Plant details

Common name: Lily turf

Botanic name: Liriope muscari


An evergreen perennial to about 60cm (24") tall, and 45cm (18") wide. It has strappy, green leaves and erect stems of bell-shaped, purple flowers.

The genera Liriope and Ophiopogon are closely related and there is some confusion over their botanic names, particularly since some have been renamed recently but are still being sold under their old names. They are both commonly referred to as mondo grass or lily turf.

here are just a few Varieties

'Monroe White'

- creamy white flowers (also sold as 'Monroe's White')

'Royal Purple'
- deep purple flowers

- pink flowers 

Best climate:
Liriope muscari grows in all areas of Australia except for the tropics.


ground cover borders and edging lawn substitute shade gardens pots

Good points:

evergreen foliage attractive flowers long flowering low maintenance hardy drought tolerant easy to grow


Needs protection from snails. Care: Liriopes like well-drained soil and a position in full sun or part shade. In late winter cut back ragged leaves, allowing new leaves to grow in spring. Lift and divide old clumps when dormant in late winter. Protect from snails. Teena suggests planting liriope 40cm (16") apart if you want to try growing it as a lawn substitute.