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Liriope muscari 'Big Blue'

Family: Ruscaceae
Genus: Liriope (lir-RYE-oh-pee) (Info)
Species: muscari (mus-KAR-ee) (Info)
Cultivar: Big Blue

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11 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive PurKat On Apr 21, 2010, PurKat from Oklahoma City, OK wrote:

I planted 3 quart size pots in variegated shade, ten years ago, & each have formed a 32 inch across beautiful round mound shape, with each putting off 75 plus stems with the pretty blue-violet-white tiny flowers, each year. I love how their leaves drape over, like a water fall! Every year I see new leaves forming in the middle. In Spring of 2010, I decided to collect the seed bulb, off the dry stems, from last year. These seeds are a deep blue-purple color, the size of a small English Pea. I am going to plant these seeds & see if I can have more plants. In early Summer of 2009, I planted 18 more one inch starter pot plants, in full direct sun, on my side front yard, down the property line. Then the harsh winter ice-snow blizzard with 70 mile hour winds, shredded many of the leaves, on eight of them, where the wind whip around my house, however they appear to be growing back very nicely. Even these new starter plants put off several stems with the tiny blue-violet-white flowers, last year. Can leave this plant alone & never water it, however, they grow & spread much faster, & have deeper green leaves, when you water them a small amount at least once every week, especially if they are in the hot direct sun, or a dry climate. I also have 2 in deep shade, that are 6 years old, & one of these is located on the other side of my house, where my garden hose want reach, so I never water it, so it has grown & spread VERY slow, compared to the other one in deep shade, that I have water each has spread five times faster. I also notice a small amount of water each week, on the ones in direct hot sun, will help keep their leaves a deeper green, and also keep them from forming brown tips. If you over water, the leaves will turn yellowish color, however, it very hard to over water these plants. They seem to grow in moist soil and dry soil, very well. Every year all of them put off several rhizomes or tubers, however, I noticed the 3 in the variegated shade, have kept their round mound shape, and just get bigger around, each year. Several of those 18 starter plants, in the hot direct sun, have also kept their round shape, and just gotten bigger around, however a few have trailed to the side, forming new plants, beside the original plant. Not sure why several have kept their round shape & formed a huge bush affect, or why a few others have trailed to the side. Excellent plant for beginners, cannot harm this plant! I also cut off any dead leaves, on the underneath side, to give this plant room to breath & grow. Perfect for edging flowerbed, driveways, or as a singular large accent plant.

Positive lshields On May 1, 2009, lshields from Sag Harbor, NY wrote:

Grows and flowers well in deep shade. Evergreen in zone 6.
Competes well with weeds. You can plant it and forget about it. After 1 full season I'm buying more.

Positive newhobby On Nov 13, 2008, newhobby from Tolleson, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant is great in our area! It receives mostly partial/filtered shade and has been stout through our summer heat! I have had it planted for 2 years now (planted it as a newbie gardener) and it is now sending out 'pups' that are easily dug up, shared, or replanted elsewhere!

Positive CarolynBF On Apr 11, 2006, CarolynBF from Florissant, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:

Reliable plant, with spiky blue/purple blooms. I planted them at the base of a hillside in my backyard, up against the neighbor's fence. Nice effect, makes a tidy edge. On the hillside for contrast I have some Moonbeam Coreopsis (yellow flowers)--striking! In the fall, the liriope have small berries.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
Tolleson, Arizona
Brandon, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Thomasville, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Lowell, Indiana
Portland, Indiana
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Lake Charles, Louisiana
West Friendship, Maryland
Dracut, Massachusetts
Grass Lake, Michigan
Florissant, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri
Mont Vernon, New Hampshire
Roswell, New Mexico
Elba, New York
Mars Hill, North Carolina
New Bern, North Carolina
Cortland, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio (2 reports)
Xenia, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Morrisville, Pennsylvania
Sinnamahoning, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Anderson, South Carolina
Awendaw, South Carolina
Florence, South Carolina
Ladys Island, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Colleyville, Texas
Fredericksburg, Texas
Kemp, Texas
Round Rock, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Spring, Texas
Earlysville, Virginia
Portsmouth, Virginia

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