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Products > Liriope muscari 'Big Blue'
 
Liriope muscari 'Big Blue' - Lily Turf
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass-like
Family: Liliaceae (Lilies)
Origin: Asia, East (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Violet
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Liriope muscari 'Big Blue' - (Big Blue Lily Turf) A perennial that forms clumps of dark green grass-like leaves reach to 15 inches by about 2 feet wide but can grow taller and wider in shaded locations. Bell-shaped purple flowers bloom in early to mid-summer with flowers not quite reaching to the top of the foliage and are followed by small black berries. It grows well in sun or shade with regular to occasional watering. This plant is hardy below 0 F and is recommended down to USDA Zone 5. In Mary Catherine Broussard dissertation paper on Louisiana State University she notes that 'Big Blue' as a cultivar has undetermined origins in the South and that it was consistently a good performer in sun and shade. The name for the genus comes from Greek mythology as Liriope was a Naiad Nymph loved by the River-god Kephisos (Cephisus) with the name coming from 'leirion', another Greek name for the Narcissus flower or a flower related to Narcissus. Liriope was also the mother of the boy Narkissos, who was transformed into his self-named flower and became the root of the word narcissistic.  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery and our own landscape plantings and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments we receive from others and appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Liriope muscari 'Big Blue'