Libertia peregrinans
Garden Plant Information

Libertia peregrinans

 

Libertia peregrinans - close-up

 

Libertia peregrinans seed heads

Name

Libertia peregrinans (also called Mikoikoi)

Genus  

Libertia

Species

peregrinans

Cultivar/variety

 

General description

Clump-forming, rhizomatous, evergreen, grass-like perennial grown for its bright colours. Useful for rock or gravel gardens, where the bright winter stems provide bright colour especially when the sun shines through them. Drought tolerant.

 

The above photos were taken at Beth Chatto's gravel garden at Elmstead Market in Essex.

Season of interest

All year round.

Key horticultural features

  1. Upright, clump-forming habit. H: 38cm S: 70cm

  2. Leaves - strap-like and produced in tufts, striped in yellow, green and orange.

  3. Flowers produced in spring, are small and iris-like, usually white, and born in clusters at the top of straight stems.

  4. Seed heads are roughly oval, glossy and light brown.

Cultural details

Aspect

Sun or partial shade.

Soil

Well-drained, moderately fertile. Tolerates drought and poor soil.

Hardiness

Hardy down to -5c.

Maintenance

May need protection from frost.

Propagation

Divide in spring or sow seed in containers out doors as soon as they are ripe.

 

 

 

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Published: 19-09-2005

Updated:   12-10-2008