Re: [gardeners] Liriope vs monkey grass

penny x stamm (
Wed, 3 Oct 2001 12:37:09 -0400

Martha, I have opiophogon, mondo grass, the black variety. It
has never done much for itself.  The Missouri Botanical Garden
has its pathways lined with the green variety inside the 10 acre
Japanese garden, and it is stunning. Maintains its single-file
pattern of growth as an edger. 

What might be liriope is certainly a bright green, stands out even
though planted in shade. It has never acted like a ground cover -
I started with 4 plants 3 years ago, and I still have 4 plants -- but 
they have grown more  robust. In spring they look like a bit of a 
mess. but I hand clean off the old leaves, and lots of fresh leaves
spring to life. Remember, the slightly-creamy white stripes are
the full length of each long leaf on the left and right outer edges. 
The bloom is a tall and very purple spike -- quite a few per plant,
scattered throughout the foliage, very late September.. It is a 
much taller and wider plant than the mondo grass.

Penny, NY


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