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Libertia caerulescens


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Libertia caerulescens
Description

Libertia caerulescens (caerulea) is an unusual and rare evergreen perennial with pale green, upright, linear foliage. In the spring, stems of pale blue flowers appear. Suited to planting in mixed herbaceous borders, scree gardens, or in containers. Evergreen. Native to Chile. Libertia is a genus of monocotyledenous plants in the family Iridaceae containing 15 species in the southern hemisphere. A number of species are endemic to New Zealand. They are all perennials growing from short woody rhizomes, with simple, linear or narrowly lanceolate basal leaves which are often green but may be red or yellow depending on the species. The showy white trimerous flowers are open in spring and are followed by capsules opening by three valves which contain the numerous black seeds. The genus was named after Anne-Marie Libert (17821865), a Belgian botanist.

Main Features
 
Type Perennial Hardiness Hardy With Shelter
Flower Colour Blue Size (H xW) 40 x 30cm
Flowering Season Summer Pot Size 9cm Pot
Foliage Green Growth Rate Slow Growing
Foliage Type Evergreen Soil PH Neutral
Soil Type Acid AGM No
Position Full Sun Habit Clump forming
 
 
Cultivation Notes
Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained, humus-rich and moist soil in full sun. Shelter may be required in colder more exposed locations.
 
UsesDrought Resistant, Gravel Garden, Flower borders and beds, Prairie Planting or Cut Flowers.

Pruning \ Aftercare : Remove faded flower stems to promote re-growth
 
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