Libertia paniculata – Grass Flag

Libertia is a charming small rainforest perennial plant for moist, semi-shaded positions. It has arching glossy strap leaves and starry white flowers in spring and summer which are set off nicely against the mid green foliage. Grows to around half a metre high and wide, and does well in most soil types. Frost tolerant. If the plant becomes untidy, it can be cut back hard and it will reshoot from underground rhizomes. Propagate from seed, which can be slow to germinate.

Family:Iridaceae
Scientific Name:Libertia paniculata
Common Name:Libertia
Other Common Names:Grass Flag
Plant Type:Grass or grass-like, Clumping perennial, Bulb or bulb-like
Height:0.5 ~ 0.7 metres
Width:0.2 ~ 0.5 metres
Flower Colour:White
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate
Light:Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Weeping
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed, Bulb, Division
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Border plant
Special Uses:Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Butterflies, Other insects

 

 


 

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

 

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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