Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Plant of Interest

Libertia peregrinans

Origin: New Zealand, Australia 

Size: 0.5-1m (1 1/2- 3 ft) tall, spreading habit

Flowers: White, star-shaped, early spring-summer (forming orange seed pods) 
Cultivation: Prefers moist, well-drained soil, in full sun. Rhizomatous growth, colonizes over time. Evergreen. Hardy to about -10 C (15 F). 

Observations: (As seen at Great Dixter) Grown for fine, grass-like texture, which is a friendly spreader. Especially useful for autumn and winter color, when it turns from green to bronze-orange, which glows in afternoon sun.  

Photo: Libertia peregrinans with Ribes (Flowering Currant) and Cercis c. 'Forest Pansy' 

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