Liriope muscari 'Sideswiped'

Sideswiped Monkey Grass

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Item #: 7027

Zones: 6a to 9b, at least

Dormancy: Evergreen

Height: 10" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: China, Japan, Korea

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

You want strange...can you handle strange? If so, we've got strange! Back in the early 1990s we grew seed from the rare yellow-banded Liriope muscari 'Hawk's Feather'. A decade later we selected the best seedling and nearly two decades later we finally have enough to share. The upright, dark green leaves are heavily banded with wide horizontal yellow bands...most prominent on the new growth. The evergreen clumps are topped with short stalks of lavender flowers in midsummer. Imagine a woodland version of the Zebra miscanthus and you get the picture. Quantities are limited.


Liriope requires very little maintenance. Liriope foliage is usually handsome all year long. Its showy flowers are most welcome in the late summer/earliest fall garden. Though it is standard practice to cut the foliage back before spring this is not an absolute necessity. Certainly do so if the foliage has become shabby. It is highly advisable to do this by late winter before tender new shoots start developing so the new shoots are not damaged during this clean up work. It is also highly recommended that this removal of old foliage is done in late winter and not in fall or early winter for a cut back plant is not a thing of beauty and postponing cutback to late winter means that there will be shorter time before the cut back foliage is replaced by new. Cutting back old foliage is not required by the plant but benefits only the tidy minded gardener.

Growing Conditions:

Liriope is happiest in shade. It will tolerate sun but its foliage will be yellow and shabby if exposed to too much hot sun. It requires only average soil, average moisture and drainage. Clumps do not require division, at least not for many years, but can be divided if one wanted additional plants.

Natural Impacts:

Liriope muscari is a handsome evergreen presence in the shade garden. Its late summer flowers a touch of color and freshness when there are few other plants blooming in the shade garden. Extensive research has proven that Liriope does not need to be planted in lines bordering sidewalks and similar structures, and can instead be planted individually or in freeform masses.