Libertia grandiflora

New Zealand satin flower, tukauki, mikoikoi

(4 customer reviews)

Libertia grandiflora is a slightly tender evergreen perennial plant that forms a clump of erect linear green leaves.

Tall stems of clear white 3 petalled flowers are produced in spring and summer, followed by conspicuous seed capsules in autumn. This makes an excellent coastal plant but requires a deep mulch if grown in colder inland spot.

Drought tolerant and long-lived once established, it makes a cool vertical accent for gravel gardens.

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Origin: New Zealand
Genus: Libertia
Species / Cultivar: grandiflora
Common Name: New Zealand satin flower, tukauki, mikoikoi

Plant Biography

Libertia grandiflora a species in the Iris family and it is endemic to New Zealand, but it has found its place in prairie like gardens all over the world. The Libertia genus contains 8 distinct species and is the only one in the Iris family originating in New Zealand.

It was named after Marie-Anne Libert, a Belgian botanist, one of the first women to study plant pathologies.

Libertia grandiflora
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Growth Rate: Fast
Expect to see prolific growth, especially during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 0.9m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.6m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Libertia grandiflora is not very fussy when it comes to planting: a well drained soil and full sun to part shade position will make it happy. Once established, the plant can cope really well with drier conditions.

Plant in mid-spring in moist soil in a sheltered position. Ultimately, the plant should be used as a textural addition to a border, as it’s leaves are the main focus.

Divide the plants in Spring by digging up the whole plant, and pulling the roots apart into sections to be replanted straight away.

Expert Tip

Though cold hardy in most parts of the UK, a thick layer of mulch of bark is recommended in winter to protect the plant when in open spaces.

4 customer reviews for Libertia grandiflora

My Libertia arrived today well packaged and in excellent condition. Thank you

Barbara Ringer (verified owner)

The plants appear to be in good condition and I look forward to seeing them once they mature. However, despite carefully packaged the transportation was not . One was upside down, loss of compost and an imploded pot. I informed the Palm Centre and received a prompt reply.

Carole Lloyd (verified owner)

Well done for the brilliant packaging and to the courier – not a single spillage and the plant was obviously kept upright. And what a lovely healthy, strong looking plant it is and a good size too. This will look lovely as it matures in my coastal garden. Now I know this is a trustworthy company I will be ordering in the future, Thank you.

julia W.

Wonderful plant will be great when it flowers

Kay Hayes