Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


850

Forb
Perennial

Non-native: China, Japan & Taiwan
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare

Look for it where it persists or escapes after cultivation, 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
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
US Forest Service Southern Research Station

 

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Basal

FLOWER:
Summer
Lavender/ Lilac
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
6 tepals
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Blackish

 

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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Liriope muscari   FAMILY Liliaceae

(?) Flora of China
Liriope muscari

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Liriope, Big Blue Lilyturf


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image of Liriope muscari

Rebekah D. Wallace, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org    bug_5370296

Month Unknown        GA

Leaves relatively thin, flexuous and arching 45-140 degrees or more, per Overview of Liriope and Ophiopogon (Ruscaceae) naturalized and commonly cultivated in the USA (Nesom, 2010).

image of Liriope muscari

James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org    bug_5379570

Month Unknown        

Fruits globose, blue-black to dark or blackish-purple to nearly black, per Overview of Liriope and Ophiopogon (Ruscaceae) naturalized and commonly cultivated in the USA (Nesom, 2010).

image of Liriope muscari

James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org    bug_5422004

Month Unknown        

Some cultivated forms produce short stolons, but elongating stolons unusual, per Overview of Liriope and Ophiopogon (Ruscaceae) naturalized and commonly cultivated in the USA (Nesom, 2010).

image of Liriope muscari

James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org    bug_5422032

Month Unknown        

Scapes usually equal or longer than leaves; tepals lilac-purple/lavender, per Overview of Liriope and Ophiopogon (Ruscaceae) naturalized and commonly cultivated in the USA (Nesom, 2010).