Native alternative to Liriope / Monkey Grass

freshair2townsquare(z7/8, D/FW)April 13, 2013

Does anyone have suggestions for native (Texas, Southwest, plains) alternatives to Liriope or Monkey Grass?

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bostedo(8a tx-bp-dfw)

Sedges: Carex planostachys, Carex retroflexa var texensis, and others.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 12:30AM
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bostedo(8a tx-bp-dfw)

We're using blue-eyed grass (sisyrinchium angustifolium) in places we would have probably put variegated liriope in the past. A different look, but very nice little plant - especially this time of year.

Edit: photo is of named cultivar Suwannee. Likely a bit smaller and more floriferus than seed grown s. angustifolium.

This post was edited by bostedo on Wed, Apr 24, 13 at 15:13

    Bookmark   April 15, 2013 at 12:52AM
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freshair2townsquare(z7/8, D/FW)

Those you mentioned aren't very easy to find. Not even this weekend's plant sale at Texas Discovery Gardens includes them.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 7:37PM
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bostedo(8a tx-bp-dfw)

Yes, much easier to find in the Hill Country. I'd check with Rohde's (beorganic.com), Redenta's (redentas.com), and North Haven Gardens (nhg.com) if on my side of DFW or other native specialists closer to you. Barton Springs Nursery is a good option if ever in Austin.

Seed is available for blue-eyed grass, but not the Texas native sedges last time I checked. Easier to start with plants if you can find them.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sisyrinchium angustifolium seed source

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 11:05AM
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bostedo(8a tx-bp-dfw)

I've attached a link to a short article found on wildflower.org about using sedges to replace liriope. It mentions McNeal Growers (mcnealgrowers.com) as another Austin area sedge specialist. Repotted, listed as a Dallas source for cedar sedge, unfortunately closed last year.

Meadow sedge (carex perdentata) is another recommended variety that wholesaler Native Texas Nursery grows as Webberville Sedge. Calloway's (as well as those mentioned earlier) carry their products in Dallas, but the one near us hadn't received their NTN shipment yet and only "thought" this sedge would be included.

Here is a link that might be useful: Native grasses or sedges for a border in Texas

This post was edited by bostedo on Wed, Apr 17, 13 at 14:05

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