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Libertia peregrinans (Wandering Chilean iris)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.4m
Max height
0.7m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Libertia peregrinans

Other names

Mikoikoi, Wandering Chilean iris, New Zealand iris

Genus

Libertia Libertia

Species

L. peregrinans - L. peregrinans is an evergreen, clump-forming herbaceous perennial that produces tufts of striped yellow, green and orange grass-like leaves. In spring small, white, iris-like flowers are born in clusters on top of straight stems.


Libertia peregrinans is: Evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Yellow, Orange, Green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

Remove flower stalks after flowering. Tidy up in the spring.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Libertia peregrinans (Wandering Chilean iris) will reach a height of 0.4m and a spread of 0.7m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Drought Tolerant, Flower Arranging, Gravel, Prairie planting

Cultivation

Plant in moderately fertile, humus-rich soil that is moist but well-drained. Place in a warm position in the sun and protect with a dry mulch in winter.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Libertia peregrinans

Other names

Mikoikoi, Wandering Chilean iris, New Zealand iris

Genus

Libertia Libertia

Species

L. peregrinans - L. peregrinans is an evergreen, clump-forming herbaceous perennial that produces tufts of striped yellow, green and orange grass-like leaves. In spring small, white, iris-like flowers are born in clusters on top of straight stems.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Yellow, Orange, Green in All seasons

General care

Pruning

Remove flower stalks after flowering. Tidy up in the spring.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Libertia peregrinans (Wandering Chilean iris) will reach a height of 0.4m and a spread of 0.7m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Drought Tolerant, Flower Arranging, Gravel, Prairie planting

Cultivation

Plant in moderately fertile, humus-rich soil that is moist but well-drained. Place in a warm position in the sun and protect with a dry mulch in winter.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Libertia peregrinans (Wandering Chilean iris)

Common pest name

common blossom thrips; cotton bud thrips; tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Frankliniella schultzei

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous glasshouse pest; present in many countries; single finding in UK.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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