How to prune Variegated Lilyturf (Liriope Muscari)

Variegated Lilyturf perennials – also known as Liriope Muscari – have earned my respect for their easy care, being practically maintenance free! I think every garden needs to have some carefree plants like these! Here’s how to easily prune them in the Spring . . .

How to prune Variegated Lilyturf - Liriope Muscari

Last Fall, just after Labor Day, we embarked on a professional landscape transformation of our front yard.

Have I shared the pictures and amazing story here yet? No. I am so bad, and promise to get my butt in gear to finish up editing the pictures. (The problem is that I took SO many, and you don’t need to see 65 pictures of dirt piles, even though they fascinated me!)

In our main bed in the front yard is where you’ll find 7 Variegated Lilyturf plants, also known as Liriope Muscari.

newly planted liriope muscari

These plants have earned my respect for their easy care, and for how hard they work at staying maintenance free! I think every garden needs to have some carefree plants like Variegated Lilyturf!

Variegated Lilyturf - Liriope Muscari

The Lilyturf was planted in mid-September, and just a month later, they had grown like crazy in the new, fertile dirt and mulch!

liriope muscari in the fall

Here’s a better shot, although it’s in the shade . . .

variegated lilyturf in the fall

Variegated Lilyturf also known “Liriope Muscari”

  • Use as a clumpy groundcover or as border edging
  • Blooms in late Summer with purple-lilac-blue (my best description) flowers
  • Flowers resemble grape hyacinths
  • Evergreen – keeps its color year-round
  • Perennial in USDA Zones 5 – 11 (Your own growing conditions may vary.)
  • Partial sun, and easily adaptable to shade or full sun once established
  • Deer resistant

Our Variegated Lilyturf plants kept their color during the Winter months, but after a few snowstorms coupled with below-freezing temperatures, they looked a bit ragged:

when to prune variegated lilyturf

when to prune lilyturf

And that’s where the basic – and minimal – care comes in:

Every Spring, before the new growth begins, simply prune them down to within a few inches of the ground.

I pruned our Liriope (what I personally call them) on April 21st:

how to prune variegated lilyturf

how to prune lilyturf

Here’s how the plants looked two weeks later on May 5th:

How to prune liriope muscari

Here’s how the plants looked on May 13th:

pruning liriope muscari in the Spring

And here’s how the Liriope looked on May 18th, almost a month after being pruned:

Prune Lilyturf in the Spring

Lilyturf (Liriope) in the Spring

Yes, that’s how easy it is to look after your Lilyturf plants!

Optional pruning: In the Fall, after the blooms are finished, I’ll cut those off at the base of each stem. If the leaves are looking a bit too long, I’ll snip off a couple of inches at the most from the ends. Then I have nice green color during the Winter months!

Happy gardening!



    • Laura says

      Thanks Meg! Glad you loved the progression pics. I try to do that whenever possible in my garden posts so readers can see how a plant looks over time. 🙂

  1. Mary M. says

    I just came across your website for the first time today. I too love gardening with perennials, grasses and shrubs. I am enjoying your blogs and great pics and simple instructions. It is interesting to see your liriope doing so well. Mine is not as robust as yours even though it was planted about 4 years ago. I think it is because it is not in full sun. BUt I recently significantly trimmed a very large shrub next to it that was giving it much shade. I think the increased sunlight will allow it to get larger now.

    Thanks for some very good insight!


  2. sandra weggeman says

    Thank you so much! The pictures are so helpful in describing how and WHEN you pruned. I love that you documented how long it took the new growth to appear. Excellent job!