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LIRIOPE muscari 'Webster Wideleaf'

Image of Liriope muscari 'Webster Wideleaf'

James H. Schutte

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

LIRIOPE muscari 'Webster Wideleaf'

Plant Common Name

Big Blue Lilyturf

General Description

The dense clump-forming 'Webster Wideleaf' has some of the broadest leaves of any lilyturf. A grass-like evergreen perennial, lilyturf originates from the forests of eastern Asia. It has long and blade-like leaves that grow in lax, fountain-like, spreading clumps. This selection has dense spikes of lavender flowers that appear in late summer. These are followed by black berry-like fruits that appear in fall and are eaten and spread by birds.

Lilyturf grows best in good soil with average moisture but tolerates poor soils and dry conditions. One of its greatest benefits is its shade tolerance. It grows readily in partial or full shade and creates a good groundcover under trees. The evergreen leaves can appear weather beaten with time. When this happens it is best to shear or mow plants back in fall or early spring to allow new fresh leaves to emerge.

There are several caveats to planting lilyturf. It spreads vegetatively and readily self-sows, so it can be invasive if it appears where it is not wanted. It has also become naturalized in several of the southern United States.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    12"-15" / 30.5cm - 38.1cm

  • Width

    18"-28" / 45.7cm - 71.1cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia, China, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Lavender

  • Fruit Color

    Dark Blue, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Edging, Foundation, Groundcover

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes