Libertia peregrinans

Libertia peregrinans, Regent's Park, 25 May 2021
Libertia peregrinans, Regent’s Park, 25 May 2021

Evergreen, clump-forming perennial with stiff, narrow, grass-like leaves which turn a beautiful bronze-orange in winter. Dainty, bowl-shaped white flowers appear atop tall wiry stems in early spring, followed by interesting little seed heads. Great personality, tough, and generally disease free. Spreads via running stolons, so new plants can appear away from the mother plant.

H x S: 0.5m x 0.3m (but happily suckers once established).

Aspect and soil: Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist-but-well-drained soil in a warm sunny position.

Use: Good in borders where it adds some vertical effect, and the wide, rusty orange central veins of the leaves create an overall orange flow especially striking in winter. At home in New Zealand schemes alongside Hebe, Corokia, Callistemon and other southern-hemisphere shrubs.

Care: Clear untidy foliage in late winter to allo new growth; apply a protective dry mulch in autumn.

Wildlife: —

Hazard: —

Origin: New Zealand

Hardiness: H4