Liriope: Plant This or That

In the dead of winter, and in the throes of summer, you can tie a garden together with evergreen grasses by planting in clumps, defining with edging, or covering the ground. Liriope muscari, left, is one of those grasses that is seemingly everywhere. Sometimes called lilyturf, it is hardy and hardly needs any care. Variegated forms are common. An easy native substitute is any one of a number of Carex or sedge grasses with wider leaves such as the blue wood sedge.

Another blue carex  is ‘bunny blue hobb ®’ sedge (Carex laxiculmis). This one is fairly easy to find in nurseries in our area.  A third wide leaved carex that makes a great substitute for liriope is plantain leaf sedge (Carex plantaginea,) also called seersucker sedge. These two are seen below in photos from the Mt. Cuba Center.


For more information:

A list of native carex is here. This list is from Northcreek Nurseries, a wholesaler, whose website is a treasure trove of native plant information. Please scroll down to the fourth entry, creek sedge, for the start of the list.

For more information about ‘bunny blue hobb®’ sedge, click here.

For more information about plantain leaf sedge, click here.


We want you to be as excited about planting Chesapeake natives as we are. “Plant This or That” gives you a native alternative to popular plants. Other posts highlight really fabulous fauna native to the Chesapeake.


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