Libertia chilensis is a wonderful evergreen perennial forming a large clump of erect, linear leaves, with clusters of white, orchid - like flowers borne on stiff stems in late spring and early summer.
The foliage provides year round interest and the flowering period can last from late spring and continue throughout the summer.
They are best grown in moderately fertile, humus-rich soil that is moist but well-drained. Considered a bog plant in its native Chile, the plants are borderline tender in the UK so need a free draining soil to get them through our cold, wet winters when the ground may freeze. A dry mulch adds some much needed protection over winter.
They will tolerate cold to -5ºC if given the right conditions. Pull off and remove any unsightly brown leaves in spring and feed with either well rotted manure or a decent fertiliser.
A little fussy but very worthwhile.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Moist but well-drained
Full sun, sheltered
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