New Zealand Iris
Named for its colorful sword-like blades and for Marie Libert, a Belgian botanist who wrote about liverworts, this captivating New Zealand native belongs to the Iris family. Libertias prefer well-drained, somewhat moist soil and light shade in hot locales.
This captivating New Zealand native, named for its colorful blades and for Marie Libert, a Belgian botanist who wrote about liverworts, belongs to the Iris family.
Offering year-round allure, compact upright clumps sculpt narrow fans of stiff leathery blades, each uniquely painted in green, yellow, orange, purplish red and bronze-hued stripes. Openly branched stems feature white 3-petaled flowers shaped like saucers that sparkle in spring and manifest intriguing orange seedpods in autumn; dark red shades invigorate the leaves during the winter months.
‘Taupo Sunset’ prefers somewhat moist, but well-drained soil and can grace a pool side, mixed border or a container with broad-leafed companions nearby.
Blooms June – August.
Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 7.