Liriope Tops the List of Grass-Like Plants
For ground cover, rock gardens, containers or walkway edging, the Liriope is a versatile, hardy landscape element. Interestingly, Liriope or LilyTurf is not a grass, but part of the asparagus family. It was named for Lirope, a Greek woodland nymph – the mother of Narcissus. This tufted, tuberous-rooted perennial features clumps of strap-like, arching dark green leaves. In late summer, showy flower spikes appear with tiers of dense violet flowers.
At home in sun or shade, Lirope grows to about 24” tall. It likes medium moisture and well drained soil. It has good tolerance for heat, humidity and drought, but little tolerance for foot traffic. Use it instead along a walkway path.