Liriope muscari 'Big Blue'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Lily-turf-Blue
Common Name (Alternative): Monkey Grass

A grass-like plant that blooms! Lirope is a unique, evergreen grassy perennial with wide, dark green, strappy leaves and a fountain-like habit. Delightful, lilac-purple flowers resembling grape hyacinths are displayed above the foliage in late summer.

'Big Blue' is a clump-forming selection. Use it in containers or in the landscape. One of the most prized characteristics of this plant is that it can hold its own in drier soils where there is active root competition.

Origin: Not Native to North America


  12-18 Inches
  15-18 Inches
Flower Color:
  Purple-blue shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
  Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
Looking for seasonal interest?:
  Evergreen (in some or all zones)
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:


Border plants
Cut flower or foliage
Drought Tolerant
Ground cover
Salt Tolerant
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Blue Lily-turf can be grown in either sun or shade, though it prefers light shade and rich soil of dry to average moisture. This is an ideal plant for southern regions due to its extreme tolerance of heat, humidity, and drought. Insects and diseases do not seem to bother this plant either, so it is very low maintenance. In the spring, the foliage may be cut back or mowed down if it has discolored over the winter. A new flush of growth will quickly reappear.


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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.