Cassidy Liriope. This incredible cultivar of Liriope was first discovered in Puerto Rica. Most Liriopes in the South are used as evergreen ground covers, with their shiny green grassy-like leaves which will grow in full sun to dense shade. One is rewarded with spikes of purplish-lavender flowers in midsummer emerging from the foliage. But this selection is distinct enough to even use as a pot plant. The leaves are twisty and curly and hang in graceful tresses over the sides of its pot.
Right now the plants that we will ship look like the regular Liriope. This past winter our heater failed in one of our greenhouses that housed our Cassidy Liriope, and because (as you see in our description) this selection is not cold-hardy, the foliage was completely burnt off. The leaves are unique in that they continue to grow, and as they continues to grow they begin to twist and curl. So we repotted all of our Cassidy Liriopes and cut off the old leaves. Frankly, I would suggest that one move them inside in the fall when the temperatures go below 40°F (if they are outside) so that the growing leaves won’t be interfered with. If kept at room temperature throughout the winter, one will continue to get leaf growth and lengthening.
About the only problem that we have ever had with Liriopes are rabbits nibbling at the succulent leaves during the winter when very little green foliage can be found in the wild down at ground level. This is a true winner! But it is not cold hardy like most Liriopes. Mid 20's is as low as it should be expected to take. So it is best used as a pot plant as seen in the pictures.