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  •  And if it's anything like our Liriope, (8+ / 0-)

    you could spend the rest of your life trying to get rid of it. Getting it to grow will not be a problem. Stopping it will be. It spreads by runners and by seed, but mainly by runners. However, birds spread the seeds around, starting new colonies which spread rapidly.

    After 5 years of digging and spraying, my yard is mostly liriope-free. But I've left a line of it growing along my sidewalks, which I watch constantly in order to catch the new runners that burrow underneath the landscape timbers. And I pull off all the seeds in the fall, and burn them in my fireplace so that they won't germinate anywhere.

    Allegedly there are sterile versions of the stuff, but I don't know that from actual experience. And it might not be as aggressive in Illinois as in Georgia.

    If my surviving liriope is worth $5.98 per quart, my net worth just rose substantially.

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