How to Grow Creeping Lily Turf (Liriope Spicata)

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The creeping lily turf, or liriope spicata, is a versatile plant that grows like grass. Discover why creeping lily turf has great foliage in the wintertime with instructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening and plant care. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to learn all about the liriope spicata. It's a beautiful plant that's evergreen that's from Asia. So, the liriope is native to China, Japan, Taiwan, and Viet Nam. So, it's amazing; it can handle cold temperatures down to four and then warm climates to zone ten, so it's a really versatile plant. So, they call the liriope creeping lily turf, but it really isn't creeping at all. It grows more like a mondo grass or grass. So, the liriope is not a creeping lily turf. It's more similar to mondo grass, and it'll grow and even the leaves will darken up, so they're a great foliage for wintertime too. And I always say they're from Japan so they're probably related to the mondo grass, and they grow very similarly. And they do multiply, so they will kind of creep, but they'll just make bigger clumps, even like bamboo does. So, you can start the liriope or the creeping lily turf by seed in the spring, or you can take any of the divisions; you can just separate em just like you would grass or mondo grass, and as long as you've got a stem and roots you can make a new plant, and you can pretty much do that any time of the year. They're very, very versatile and very hardy. Some people call the liriope by another name, and you can buy it sometimes by the name of ophiopogon, and so sometimes there is a little bit of confusion as to which it is, but either way they're an evergreen and they'll come back every year, and they're just so rewarding in the garden. And they give you a flower too just like mondo grass. In late summer you'll get a little pale purple flower on your liriope, and then they're just really cute; almost like a little lily of the valley. So, they are a creeping lily turf, but they grow more like a bamboo, or a mondo grass. They're a gorgeous addition to your garden.