Taxonomic Problems in Cultivated Liriopogons

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  • 1 Professor, Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, Box 7609, Raleigh, NC 27695-7609.

Liriopogons (Liriope, Ophiopogon) are versatile landscape plants with a complexity of taxonomic problems. A taxonomic revision of liriopogons cultivated in the United States is needed; one that includes an inventory of taxa, quantitative descriptions of species and cultivars, keys and other aids for segregation and identification of taxa, documentation of taxa with vouchers deposited in herbaria, and establishment of a living germplasm collection that can serve as a standard for the nursery/landscape industries.

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