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Products > Liriope 'Gigantea'
Liriope 'Gigantea' - Giant Lily Turf
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass-like
Family: Liliaceae (Lilies)
Origin: Japan (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Slate Blue
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [L. gigantea]
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Liriope 'Gigantea' (Giant Lily Turf) - This is an evergreen perennial that forms clumps of dark green long grasslike leaves. The clump reaches 3 feet tall and wide. Small light lavender-blue flowers in the summer produce blue fruits. Plant in cool sun or shade and water regularly to occasionally (our crops are grown in full sun). It is hardy to around 0-10 F. 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. The varietal type 'Gigantea' has long been considered to be a large form of Liriope muscari but it was described in 1961 as a unique species by Hardrada H. Hume in Baileya, the Quarterly Journal of Horticultural Taxonomy, due to its rhizomatous root system and leathery leaves that are different from Liriope muscari but various sources treat it differently. It is also sometimes referred to as Liriope gigantea 'Evergreen Giant'. 

This information about Liriope 'Gigantea' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.