[gardeners] Liriope vs monkey grass

flylo@txcyber.com (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Wed, 3 Oct 2001 06:35:50 -0500

I think both are used to edge - trim pathways, border planters, etc. 
Both can be invasive. My 'description' of monkey grass is that it's a 
thinner blade and usually pretty short 'fall' of grass in each clump. 
Liriope is a wider blade, taller plant and blooms with a more 
noticeable spike. I think the color is different too. Monkey grass is 
very very deep green vs Liriope a pale green or light green with 
white stripe. Monkey grass is sold as 'mondo' grass, I don't know 
where we stopped calling it that and started calling it monkey 
grass, it isn't even very agile! 
OH, thanks for the link to the 'horse nettle' photo. I think it's the 
same thing, but the flower photo looks big and lovely. These 
flowers are maybe the size of a nickel and not especially attractive.