Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3687

Forb
Perennial

Non-native: China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea & Vietnam
Documented growing wild in - NC -

Rare

Look for it . It's commonly planted, rarely persistent and escaping, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
US Forest Service Southern Research Station

 

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Basal

FLOWER:
Summer
White / very pale violet
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
6 tepals
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Blue-black/ Blackish-purple

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Asparagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Liriope spicata   FAMILY Ruscaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Liriope spicata   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) Floristic synthesis of North America (Kartesz 2010). Biota of N. America (BONAP)
Liriope spicatum

SYNONYMOUS WITH Liriope & Ophiopogon naturalized & commonly cultivated in the USA (Nesom, 2010)
Liriope spicata

 

COMMON NAME:
Liriope, Creeping Lilyturf


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image of Liriope spicata

JK Marlow    jkm140717_884

July    Greenville County    SC

Leaves 3-6(8)mm wide, flexuous and arching, 5-11 nerved, apices acute, per Overview of Liriope and Ophiopogon (Ruscaceae) naturalized and commonly cultivated in the USA (Nesom, 2010).

image of Liriope spicata

JK Marlow    jkm140717_886

July    Greenville County    SC

Scapes mostly much shorter than the leaves; inflorescences mostly obscured, per Overview of Liriope and Ophiopogon (Ruscaceae) naturalized and commonly cultivated in the USA (Nesom, 2010).

image of Liriope spicata

JK Marlow    jkm140717_886b

July    Greenville County    SC

Flowers erect. Corollas mostly white. Inflorescence rachis 2-5(8)cm long, per Overview of Liriope and Ophiopogon (Ruscaceae) naturalized and commonly cultivated in the USA (Nesom, 2010).

image of Liriope spicata

JK Marlow    jkm140717_891

July    Greenville County    SC

Plants colonial, from slender stolons, unequivocally "spreading", per Overview of Liriope and Ophiopogon (Ruscaceae) naturalized and commonly cultivated in the USA (Nesom, 2010).