Liriope spicata-Monkey Grass, Lilyturf, Etc.

Liriope spicata in the backyard at the mansion on 7-4-12, #108-101.

Monkey Grass, Creeping Liriope, Lilyturf

Liriope spicata

lih-RY-oh-pee spih-KAY-tah

Liriope spicata (Thunb.) Lour. is the correct and accepted scientific name for Monkey Grass. It was described as such by João de Loureiro in Flora Cochinchinensis in 1790. It was first described as Convallaria spicata by Carl Peter Thunberg in Systema Vegetabilium in 1784.

The genus, Liriope Lour., was also named and described by João de Loureiro in Flora Cochinchinensis in 1790. Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 7 accepted species in the Liriope genus (as of 2-21-19 when I am updating this page).

The Liriope spicata was one of the original plants at the mansion in Mississippi. They were growing almost all the way around the old fish pool in the backyard.

USEFUL INFORMATION:
Common Name: Monkey Grass, Creeping Liriope
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Asparagaceae
Origin: China and Vietnam
Zones: USDA Zones 4-10
Soil: average, medium, well-drained soil
Size: 1-1 1/2” tall
Flowers: Produces lavender to white flowers in August through September
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Propagation: Can spread aggressively by underground rhizomes. Easily transplanted.

The genus name is named after the Greek woodland nymph, Liriope, who was the mother of Narcissus. The species name means spike-bearing.

I didn’t bring any of these with me when I moved back to the family farm in mid-Missouri. I do know where I can get a start, though.

I hope you enjoyed this page and maybe found it useful. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Please click on “like” if you visited this page. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. 🙂 You can check out the links below for further reading. The links take you directly to the genus and species of this plant. If you notice I made an error, please let me know.

FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
WIKIPEDIA (GENUS/SPECIES)
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
DAVE’S GARDEN
PERENNIALS.COM
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
LOUIS THE PLANT GEEK
PFAF (PLANTS FOR A FUTURE)
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY

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