Liriope muscari ‘Ingwersen’

Lilyturf or Lily Turf

Liriope muscari ‘Ingwersen,’ a versatile and eye-catching perennial, boasts a profusion of beautiful violet-pink flower spikes atop lush, grass-like foliage. With its excellent adaptability to various conditions, ‘Ingwersen’ thrives in both sun and shade, making it a popular choice for gardens and landscapes.

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Origin: China, Taiwan, and Japan
Genus: Liriope
Species / Cultivar: muscari 'Ingwersen'
Common Name: Lilyturf or Lily Turf

Plant Biography

Liriope muscari, commonly known as lilyturf or monkey grass, has its origins in East Asia. Native to China, Taiwan, and Japan, it was first introduced to Europe in the 19th century as an ornamental plant. Its adaptability, attractive foliage, and beautiful violet-blue flower spikes quickly captured the attention of gardeners and landscapers worldwide. Liriope muscari’s versatility, thriving in both sun and shade, made it a popular choice for various garden settings. Over time, plant breeders developed several cultivars, including ‘Ingwersen,’ which further enhanced its appeal. Today, Liriope muscari remains a beloved and widely grown perennial, adorning landscapes with its charming beauty and low-maintenance nature.

Liriope muscari 'Ingwersen'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Part Shade to Full Shade
Can enjoy several hours of direct sunlight, but also happy in full shade.
Eventual Height: 0.1-0.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.1-0.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Liriope muscari, or lilyturf, is a low-maintenance perennial with straightforward care requirements. It thrives in both sun and shade, making it adaptable to various conditions. Plant it in well-draining soil, and water regularly during the establishment phase. Once established, liriope is drought-tolerant and requires minimal watering. Regular feeding with a balanced fertiliser in spring can promote healthy growth.

In terms of size, Liriope muscari typically reaches a height of about 30 to 45 cm with a spread of approximately 45 to 60 cm. Its dense, grass-like foliage forms an attractive ground cover or edging in gardens. Liriope’s violet-blue flower spikes add charm and colour from late summer to autumn, enhancing the beauty of any landscape.

This low-maintenance plant is a drought-tolerant, attractive ground cover or edging choice. With its prolonged blooming period from late summer to autumn, Liriope ‘Big Blue’ creates an enchanting display, making it an appealing addition to any outdoor space.

Order now to elevate your landscape with the allure of Liriope muscari ‘Ingwersen.’


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