Plants in Focus – Liriope spicata

12 August 2013

Our Plant in Focus for August is Liriope spicata.

Liriope spicata is a species of low, herbaceous flowering plants from East Asia. Common names in English include creeping lilyturf, lilyturf and monkey grass. Most often grown outdoors as edging for borders or in rock gardens. Lily turf also makes as interesting and unusual indoor houseplant. Producing white or mauve flowers in summer.

Health Fact: Liriope is particularly effective for removing ammonia formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from the air.

Environment: When grown indoors, the ideal light would be medium light (semi-shade). Beware Liriope is prone to both scale insect and aphid attack.

Care: Liriope is a semi-aquatic plant, lily turf requires constantly moist soil. Feed monthly with fertilizer in spring, summer and autumn.