Creeping lily-turf is a ground cover with very upright narrow foliage that resembles the foliage of bulbs. Flower spikes are produced from mid to late summer.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Ground cover,
- Mixed border,
- Small plant (6-12 inches)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily),
- Full shade (4 hrs or less of light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8,
- Zone 9,
- Zone 10
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Dry sites,
- Occasional drought
Season of Interest:
- Mid summer,
- Late summer,
- Early fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size and Method of spreading
Creeping lily-turf grows 8 to 12 inches high. It is a colonizing ground cover that spreads at a moderate rate by short rhizomes. Colonizing ground covers produce underground stems that spread out horizontally and shallowly, produce roots and then send up new shoots. These plants are strong growers and may have the potential to grow aggressively.
While creeping lily-turf does best in moist sites, it is also fairly tolerant of dryness once established. It makes its best growth in shady sites, but is tolerant of full sun. In Southern climates, the foliage is evergreen, but in the north, foliage often looks ragged after winter and mowing it down in early spring, will encourage new growth.
Disease, pests, and problems
Slugs can be a problem.
Disease, pest, and problem resistance
Resistant to deer and tolerant of black walnut toxicity.
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to Asia.
The long, thin basal leaves resemble bulb foliage or even turf grass. Foliage is dark green; evergreen in Southern climates.
Small pink to white flowers are produced on upright stalks from mid to late summer.
Fruits are dark berries; not ornamentally important.
Cultivars and their differences
Silver Dragon creeping lily-turf (Liriope spicata 'Silver Dragon'): Green and white striped foliage with light purple flowers.