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Liriope platyphylla
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Liriope platyphylla

Wide-leaf Monkey Grass

Item #: 6707

Zones: 6a to 10b, guessing

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Sun to Light Shade

Origin: China

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

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When we first got this plant from China in 2005, we knew we had something different...we just didn't know what. Liriope platyphylla makes a tight 18" tall x 4' wide clump of 2' long x 1" wide, arching, glossy dark green leaves. The 3' tall stalks of small lavender flowers top the clump in June and July. Some mothball-sniffing herbarium taxonomist went and lumped Liriope platyphylla in with Liriope muscari...no way, Jose. Too much naphthalene can do really strange things to your mind. Recent DNA research confirms our suspicions that Liriope platyphylla is indeed a distinct species...this is not your grandmother's Liriope muscari!

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