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Liriope muscari is a medium-sized perennial plant, native to eastern Asia. It forms large bushes, consisting of long ribbon-like leaves, a few centimeters wide, and up to 30-45 cm long, slightly fleshy, shiny, dark green in color; with the passage of time the head, with a slightly arched, rounded bearing, tends to widen, covering all the available land; in summer from the center of each group of leaves some erect stems grow, bearing a panicle composed of small purple, white or blue flowers. There are varieties with variegated leaves and particularly intense colored flowers; in winter, small fruits remain on the ears, berries the size of a pea, white or black in color. Very suitable in borders, the liriope they are also used to consolidate the soils of the cliffs, as, even if they do not develop much in height, they produce a considerable root system.
these plants tolerate any exposure, producing abundant flowering even if placed in the shade; generally they do not fear the cold and the long brilliant leaves are evergreen.
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in general, the specimens of Liriope muscari are satisfied with the rains, even if they may need regular watering during the hottest months of the year, especially in the case of prolonged periods of drought or plants placed in full sun. It should be checked that water stagnations do not form on the ground, which are harmful to the health of this type of plants. If grown in pots, these plants need regular watering, always checking that the soil is well drained and dry between one watering and the other.
In spring it is advisable to provide slow release fertilizer, for flowering plants, or mix well-mature organic fertilizer to the soil near the plants.
these perennial plants need a loose, well drained, very rich and deep soil; it seems that they tend to develop better in slightly acid soils, but they generally show that they get used to the most diverse conditions. It is important that the soil in which they are planted does not allow the formation of water stagnations, which are harmful for this kind of specimens.
For a rapid, vigorous and balanced development, plant in a well-worked soil, mixed with balanced universal soil, mature horse manure and a little sand.
The multiplication of the specimens of Liriope muscari can take place by seed, in spring; to obtain new plants more quickly it is possible to divide the tufts, in the autumn season or in the beginning of spring; the new plants thus obtained must have a fleshy piece of rhizome, which has at least a couple of well developed roots.
The new plants thus obtained are placed directly in the home without requiring to be placed first in a protected container.
Liriope muscari: Parasites and diseases
it is generally not attacked by parasites or diseases.