The following use is reported for L. graminifolia, but there is a lot of confusion between members of this genus (compare 
) and it is quite possible that the root of this species is also used[K].
Root - cooked
. Candied and used medicinally
. The root has a fleshy, tuberous part near tip
. Rich in mucilage, the root also contains about 1.6% protein, 0.5% fat, 80% carbohydrate and 2.3% ash
A good drought tolerant evergreen ground cover plant
There are no material uses listed for Liriope minor.
The root is aphrodisiac, pectoral and stimulant
Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing it in a cold frame or greenhouse as soon as the seed is ripe if possible, if not then sowing the stored seed in early spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division in spring. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.
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Prefers a sandy soil
. Succeeds in full sun so long as the soil does not dry out in the summer, otherwise it should be grown in partial shade in any moderately fertile well-drained soil
Not very hardy in Britain, it is best to give the plants some protection in the winter.
Closely related to L. muscari.
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer
Problems, pests & diseases
Associations & Interactions
There are no interactions listed for Liriope minor. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.
Polycultures & Guilds
There are no polycultures listed which include Liriope minor.
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Material uses & Functions
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? 1.01.1 Ohwi. G. Flora of Japan. (English translation) Smithsonian Institution (1965-00-00)
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? 6.06.16.26.3 Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)
? 7.07.17.2 [Flora of China] (1994-00-00)
? 8.08.1 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
? Thomas. G. S. Perennial Garden Plants J. M. Dent & Sons, London. ISBN 0 460 86048 8 (1990-00-00)