Lily turf is also known by its formal name of Liriope muscari. This lyrical botanical name describes one of the hardiest, most indestructible of all plants. Lily turf is distinct in that its leaves and its stems are nearly the same height and diameter. Leaves have yellow and green striping and grow in gentle, graceful arching patterns. Once planted, Lily turf is a deciduous evergreen plant that is easy to care for and maintain, and is remarkably resilient in changeable weather, soil, light, and temperature conditions. Mostly grown as a filler or for ornamental foliage, Lily turf is an excellent choice for ornamental or decorative borders, edging, or as fillers in between colorful flower beds. Lily turf is also a flowering and fruiting plant and will produce lavender, white, or purple blossoms towards the end of its growing season in late summer, followed by bluish black small fruit berries. For garden lovers who suffer from allergies, Lily turf is a great choice as it is not known to aggravate allergies.
Lily turf prefers areas that get partial, indirect sun and partial shade, with fertile, moist, acidic soil that drains well. Lily turf grows well underneath other plantings or trees but cannot tolerate areas of high foot traffic. LIly turf can be grown successfully from seeds or from small starter plants. Since Lily turf grows in clumps and can reach as high as nearly two feet, and spread to a foot and a half in width, it is important to leave adequate spacing between Lily turf seeds or starter plants to avoid crowding. Sow seeds in prepared soil down to a depth of one quarter inch. Lily turf seeds can be germinated indoors for several weeks if planting is to be done as soon as the last frost passes. Soak seeds for one day in warm water, then plant in indoor pots or a single plot and allow to germinate for two months prior to planting. When ready to plant, allow approximately 15 inches between germinated seeds for best results.
Lily turf requires regular watering in order to flourish. Never let soil dry out - soil should always be moist but not soggy. Water at a minimum of weekly and more in extremely hot temperatures. As Lily turf grows its root system will spread deep underground, giving it access to underground sources of moisture and increasing its resiliency to drought as a mature plant. Pruning can be done as necessary to remove dead or dying foliage, but this should only be done before new leaves emerge to avoid pruning away new growth. Lily turf self seeds but seeds do not store well, so to re-propagate from existing Lily turf plants, allow seeds to dry out while still on the plant, then collect and replant seeds immediately as they drop. While Lily turf is generally undisturbed by plant diseases, common garden pests like snails and slugs can plague Lily turf, and commercially available pest sprays and soaps are recommended to treat infestations.