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Liriope graminifolia - (L.)Baker.

Common Name Lilyturf
Family Convallariaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Lowland and foothills all over Japan[58]. Forests, thickets, shady places along ravines, grassy and rocky places from near sea level to 2300 metres[266]..
Range E. Asia - China, Japan.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Liriope graminifolia Lilyturf


Liriope graminifolia Lilyturf

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Liriope graminifolia is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf all year, in flower from June to August, and the seeds ripen from September to November. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Ground Cover;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

Root - cooked[105, 177, 179]. Candied and used medicinally[61]. The root has a fleshy, tuberous part near its tip[266]. Rich in mucilage, the root also contains about 1.6% protein, 0.5% fat, 80% carbohydrate and 2.3% ash[179].

Medicinal Uses



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Aphrodisiac;  Pectoral;  Stimulant.

The root is aphrodisiac, pectoral and stimulant[61].

Other Uses

A good drought tolerant evergreen ground cover plant[200].

Cultivation details

Prefers a sandy soil[1]. Succeeds in full sun so long as the soil does not dry out in the summer, otherwise it should be grown in partial shade in any moderately fertile well-drained soil[200]. Not very hardy in Britain, it is best to give the plants some protection in the winter[1]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233]. Most plants grown under this name in British gardens are actually L. muscari[200]. The Flora of Japan treats L. graminifolia as two separate species, L. minor. (Maxim.)Makino. and L. platyphylla. F.T.Wang.&Tang. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening recognizes L. graminifolia as a distinct species and gives L. platyphylla as a synonym of L. muscari whilst allotting specific status to L. minor as a plant closely related to L. muscari. This is the treatment followed here.

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing it in a cold frame or greenhouse as soon as the seed is ripe if possible, if not then sowing the stored seed in early spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Liriope minor 21
Liriope muscariLilyturf, Big blue lilyturf, Border Grass, Blue Lilyturf, Liriope21
Liriope spicataLily Turf, Creeping liriope, Creeping Lilyturf21

 

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