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Products > Liriope Precious Metals ['Pontovia'] PP25,670
Liriope Precious Metals ['Pontovia'] PP25,670 - Precious Metals Lily Turf

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Liliaceae (Lilies)
Origin: Asia, East (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Yellow/Chartreuse Foliage: 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 'Precious Metals' (Precious Metals Lily Turf) - Grasslike clumps reach 12 to 18 inches high and about 2 feet wide. Foliage variegation ranging from gold striations at and near the leaf margins with lime-green striations concentrated at or near the leaf midrib in immature foliage, to near-silver striations at and near the leaf margins with dark green striations concentrated at and near the leaf midrib in mature foliage and varying amounts of each color at intermediate stages of leaf development. It has a dark violet bell-shaped violet flowers in late summer on slightly taller inflorescences than typical Liriope muscari. It does best in cool sun or shade with regular to occasional watering. This plant should prove hardy below 0 F and is recommended down to USDA Zone 5. 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 selection is noted as being a hybrid selection of the Tall Lily Turf, Liriope 'Gigantea' but its size and flowers more closely resemble that of the smaller Liriope muscari. The plant originated as selection made in 2007 from open pollinated seedlings sown at Ponto nursery in Vista, California. Once it was determined that the variegation was stable the plant was given the cultivar name 'Pontovia'. It received US Plant Patent PP25,670 in June 2015 and is being marketed as Precious Metals.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in the nursery, in the nursery's garden, and in other gardens where it has been observed. We also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing  Liriope Precious Metals ['Pontovia'].