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Is this ribbon grass or liriope spicata?

Posted by crystalmt04 zn8 SA, TX (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 30, 10 at 12:08


I have two of these planted in my front flowerbed, and in researching what kind of grass this is, it seems that either way it's invasive and might take over the bed?

I don't want it to turn into a ground cover where all I see is this stuff. I like the random plants with mulch all around look. They were planted back in April and haven't grown very much at all, should I dig them up?

Also, if I replant them (thinking of a spot right up against the house-a west facing wall where I have trouble growing grass), will it creep into my lawn if I don't make some sort of barrier? Here's a pic of the spot.

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RE: Is this ribbon grass or liriope spicata?

  • Posted by donn_ 7b, GSB, LI, NY (My Page) on
    Fri, Jul 30, 10 at 17:39

It looks like some sort of Liriope, which isn't really a grass.

It will spread by rhizomes, but if you plant it in a bottomless pot, buried in the ground, you can keep it where you want it.

It likes moist fertile soil in full sun to part shade. In your zone, afternoon shade would be good.

RE: Is this ribbon grass or liriope spicata?

Variegated Liriope is much slower to spread than solid. I would not be worried about it being invasive.

RE: Is this ribbon grass or liriope spicata?

Great! I really didn't want to have to dig them up because I like where they are. I was also thinking since it hasn't grown much since planting back in April, that maybe I wouldn't have to worry about it spreading.

Thanks for your help!

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