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  Libertia peregrinans
 
Libertia peregrinans
Libertia peregrinans at The University of California, Santa Cruz Arboretum
 

Libertia, a genus in the Iris Family (Iridaceae) with 20 species found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and Chile. The name commemorates the Belgian botanist Marie A. Libert. Of the 4 Libertia native to New Zealand, none are quite as dramatically colored as Libertia peregrianans. This species forms clumps of erect, stiff leaves with prominent orange mid-ribs. The clumps spread by underground rhizones that are easily controlled by lifting if the plant expands into unwanted areas. The small creamy white flowers that appear in late spring, are nearly 1 inch wide but are not produced in sufficient quantities to make much of a show. Plant in loose sandy soil and water only occasionally for best results but will grow in more adverse conditions. Hardy at least to 18 F. Makes a great groundcover when growing through other low growing plants. Also good as container plant or used as a bonsai companion plant.

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