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Aztec Grass

This exciting introduction sports eye-catching green and silver variegated foliage. A vibrant, easy to grow ornamental grass-like plant that makes an excellent edging plant. Also adds great color contrast to mass plantings and mixed planters.

Light needs: Partial SunWater needs: Moderate

Botanical Pronunciation: lir-EYE-oh-pee mus-KAR-ee

Key feature: Deer Resistant

Plant types: Groundcover, Perennial

Deciduous/evergreen: Evergreen

Cold hardiness zones: 7 - 11

Light needs: Partial sun

Sunset climate zones: 2 - 10, 14 - 24

Water Needs: Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

Average landscape size: Reaches 15 inches tall and wide.

Growth rate: Moderate

Special feature: Attractive Bark

Flower color: Purple

Blooms: Summer

Item no.: 0966

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Care Information

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.


Design Ideas

Liriopes are exceptional small perennials that adapt to a wide range of uses due to their clumping form. Line them up for a solid fine textured edging at the back of lawn or along a sidewalk or flagstone path. Use in a mass for shady groundcover to enhance its silvery looks in dappled light as it is traditionally used in the Asian garden. A great choice for the edges of natural rock edged pools and waterfalls to cover up utilities, gaps in the rock work and unsightly mortar. A very nice container plants for modern and contemporary gardens when paired with just the right pot.



These natives of China were first described by Kaempher in 1712. The genus was later given by Portuguese Jesuit botanist missionary working in China, Juan Loureiro. The genus is named after the mother of Narcissos, Liriope. The species, named by Bailey refers to the Greek worked muschos, meaning fragrant. This group is closely related to genus Ophiopogon and a great deal of confusion exists in the nomenclature of Aztec grass, as to exactly which genus it belongs in. Liriopes and Ophiopogons have been extensively cultivated in the deep south, particularly coastal regions where they substitute for lawn. They can be found on the grounds of many old estates, parks and plantation homes.



In China, these plants are known as "book tape herb" and grown in every scholar's garden to use as book marks when paper was a once a very rare commodity.

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