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Herbaceous Perennial

Libertia pulchella misapplied

An evergreen perennial with fans of broadly sword-shaped, rough green leaves to 18cm long, that are pale greenish yellow at the base. In late spring and early summer, produces stout, branching clusters of small, white flowers with evenly sized petals, followed by round red seeds in autumn

Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Green
Summer White Green
Autumn Green Red
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Iridaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Clump forming, Columnar upright
Genus

Libertia are clump-forming perennials with grass-like, evergreen leaves and panicles of saucer-shaped white or blue flowers, followed by orange seed capsules

Name status

Unresolved

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or part shade. May benefit from a dry mulch for protection in winter

Propagation

Propagate by seed or by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Gravel garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Prairie planting
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Remove flower stalks near the base after flowering. Trim back damaged foliage in spring

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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