Variegated Lilyturf Liriope muscari 'Variegata' #1

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'Variegata' is a cultivar of Liriope muscari, commonly known as Lilyturf or Monkey Grass. It is a clump-forming, evergreen perennial that is grown for its attractive, variegated foliage. Here are some characteristics of 'Variegata':

  1. Size and Shape: 'Variegata' typically grows to a height of 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 cm) and has a spread of 18 to 24 inches (45 to 60 cm). It forms a dense, mounded clump with a slightly arching habit.

  2. Foliage: The foliage of 'Variegata' is its most striking feature. The leaves are 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) wide and have a creamy white stripe running down the center, with dark green margins. The foliage is evergreen, meaning it retains its color and texture throughout the year.

  3. Flowers: 'Variegata' produces flowers in late summer to early fall. The flowers are small and bell-shaped, and are a pale lavender color. They are held on spikes that rise above the foliage, and add a subtle texture and interest to the plant.

  4. Light and Soil Requirements: 'Variegata' prefers partial shade to full shade and well-drained soil. It can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, including poor soils.

  5. Maintenance: 'Variegata' is a low-maintenance plant that requires little care. It is deer-resistant and generally pest-free. To keep the plant looking its best, you can remove any dead foliage in the spring or fall.

  6. Uses: 'Variegata' is often used as a groundcover or edging plant in borders and woodland gardens. It also works well as a mass planting or underplanting for larger trees and shrubs. Its compact size and low-maintenance nature make it a popular choice for gardeners who want a plant that requires little attention but provides a lot of visual impact. It is also commonly used in commercial landscaping due to its toughness and adaptability.

  7. Cold Hardiness: 'Variegata' is hardy in USDA zones 5-10.

  8. Propagation: 'Variegata' can be propagated by division in early spring or late summer. It can also be propagated by seed, although this method can be slow and unpredictable.