Libertia chilensis

libertia ( syn. Libertia grandiflora )

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9cm pot £12.99
available to order from late autumn
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Buy Libertia chilensis libertia ( syn. Libertia grandiflora ): Great for a gravel garden

  • Position: full sun or light shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: May to July
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Reliable and long-lived perennial which provides attractive vertical accents to a planting. Sword like leaves encircle slender wiry stems. Simple pure white flowers open progressively up each stem to culminate in a fine airy show. Associates well with fine grasses like Stipa tenuissima in a gravel planting, or with simple daisies like Anthemis 'Sauce Hollandaise' in the front of a border.

  • Garden care: Selectively cut out old foliage to reveal attractive new growth. Dislikes a waterlogged soil. Divide congested plants in spring or autumn. Leave flower spikes to mature and form attractive seed heads which will self-seed if permitted.

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Notes on Libertia chilensis

"Evergreen sword-like foliage is particularly useful in gravel plantings for vertical definition."

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Here, where older people like to be reminded of their cottage garden, the Libertia gives verticality and contrast with the softer mound forming planting and the island border at front of house becomes a little more cutting-edge!


Building in Western-super-Mare


Didn't survive the winter


I always wanted to have some. And Ok, the winter was a hard one- maybe it wasn't in the best situation but it didn't make it to spring, so nothing more to say really.

Lady gardener



Easy and stunning


This has got to be one of the easiest plants to keep by far, all it needs is some food and cutting back the dead each year, it will grow and bloom with more abundance each year.




Libertia chilensis

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Hello, I just bought a 9 cm pot, can I plant it outside straightaway or should I wait a bit more for the weather to improve (It's been snowing on and off here the last few weeks!)? Also, can I plant it in a big container or does it do better in the ground? Thanks.


Hello, These plants are fully hardy so can be planted outside now. They do make fine specimen plants for pots, so you do have the option to pot it up if you think it may look a little lost in the border.


Plant identity from Chelsea Flower Show a few years ago Hi, From the 'Daily Telegraph' garden at Chelsea Flower show a couple of years ago .....can you please tell me the name of the plant in the silver planters in front of the glass room! Hope you can help Thanks

Damien Carroll

Hello There, They were Libertia grandiflora - just click on the following link to go straight to them I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Ulf Nordfjell's plant list Dear Crocus, Please can you help. I admired Ulf Nordfjell's Daily telegraph planting at Chelsea and am inspired by it for a garden square re planting that I am organising, but wondered if you could identify the plant in the two metal pots in the centre left of your title picture. Many thanks for your help. Suzanne

Suzanne and Mark Etherton

Hello Suzanne, The plants are Libertia grandiflora - just click on the following link to go straight to it. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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