li·​ri·​ope | \ lə-ˈrī-ə-(ˌ)pē How to pronounce liriope (audio) \

Definition of liriope

: any of a genus (Liriope) of stemless Asian herbs of the lily family that are widely cultivated as ground cover for their grasslike leaves and small white, blue, or violet flowers

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Gradually convert the lawn to shade-tolerant groundcovers such as Asiatic jasmine, mondo grass, liriope, sedges and dwarf ruellia. Calvin Finch,, "How to deal if your lawn’s in excessive shade," 2 Aug. 2019 If the weeds grow from seeds, almost all pre-emergent products are labeled for use on liriope. Walter Reeves, ajc, "Orchid needs correct light to bloom," 20 June 2018 Popular, low-maintenance liriope fills a space and will occasionally flower. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "When grass or gravel won't do, these plants are easy and attractive ground cover | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 Creeping liriope (Liriope spicata), often used as a ground cover, can spread aggressively. Beth Botts,, "Pair bold perennials with slender sorts for visual interest," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of liriope

1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for liriope

New Latin, from Liriope, a nymph in Roman mythology

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