Garden

Liriope muscari


GeneralitŠ°


Liriope muscari is a perennial plant of medium size, native to East Asia. It forms large bushes, consisting of long ribbon-like leaves, some centimeters wide, and up to 30-45 cm long, slightly fleshy, glossy, dark green; with the passage of time the head, with its slightly arched, roundish habit, tends to widen, covering all the available land; in summer, from the center of each group of leaves grow some erect stems, which bear a cob composed of small flowers of purple, white or blue. There are varieties with variegated leaves and flowers of a particularly intense color; in winter the small fruits remain on the ears, berries of the size of a pea, white or black. Very suitable for borders, liriope they are also used to consolidate the soils of the cliffs, since, although they do not develop very high, they produce a considerable root system.

Exposure



these plants tolerate any exposure, producing an abundant flowering even if placed in the shade; generally they do not fear the cold and the long bright leaves are evergreen.
The ideal exposure, however, is that in a luminous position, where the Liriope muscari plants can receive a few hours of direct light a day. If they are grown inside the house, it is good to place them in a bright place, but not close to a window where they can be hit by direct sunlight.

Watering



in general the specimens of Liriope muscari are satisfied with the rains, even though they may need regular watering during the hottest months of the year, especially in the case of prolonged periods of drought or plants placed in full sun. It should be checked that water does not form on the ground which is harmful to the health of this type of plant. If grown in pots, these plants need regular watering, always checking that the soil is well drained and dry between one watering and another.
In spring it is advisable to provide slow-release fertilizer for flowering plants, or it is mixed with the soil near mature organic fertilizer plants.

Ground



these perennial plants need a loose, well-drained, very rich and deep soil; they seem to tend to develop better in slightly acid soils, but generally they prove to get used to the most diverse conditions. It is important that the soil in which they are planted does not allow the formation of stagnant water, which is harmful for this kind of specimen.
For a rapid, vigorous and balanced development, place in a well-worked soil, mixed with balanced universal soil, mature equine manure and little sand.

Multiplication


The multiplication of Liriope muscari specimens can occur by seed, in spring; to get new plants more quickly it is possible to divide the clumps, in the autumn or early spring season; the new plants thus obtained must have a fleshy piece of rhizome, which has at least a couple of well-developed roots.
The new plants thus obtained are placed directly at home without requiring to be placed first in a protected container.

Liriope muscari: Pests and diseases



generally it is not attacked by pests or diseases.