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ALIBERTIA BELIZE White Shooting Star Flower Fragrant Plant


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Alibertia 'Belize' or White Star Flower is very pretty and fragrant tropical flowering shrub that is native to the eastern coast of South and Central America. While it is an appealing and easy to grow shrub with many interesting and versatile features it is a somewhat rare, not well known, and very under utilized plant.

Belize appears to frequently be confused with other plants (Jasmine nitidum or Star Jasmine and August rivalis or Needle Flower, for example). There are several dozen species of the Alibertia genus. However, it seems that only Belize and a different type that bears an edible fruit (Alibertia marmalada or edulis are becoming better known. Belize does not produce fruit.

Alibertia Belize matures into a large 6 to 8 foot shrub with long, narrow, glossy dark green foliage, and a somewhat open, upright growth habit.

It produces fragrant tubular, star shaped slightly blue toned white flowers with a distinctive tan to brown scale like anther lining the juncture of the petals in long bloom cycle that begins in early summer and lasts until the days grow shorter and the nights drop out of the 70ºF's. The flowers are most fragrant in the evening and early morning. Butterflies appear to be attracted to the fragrant, nectar rich flowers, but do not seem to be interested in the plant as a host.

This plant makes a great hedge row, background for layered beds or as a taller accent in mixed perennial beds.

Available Size

4 Inch Pots - Mature, well rooted starter size plants, growing and shipped in a 4 inch plastic pot, plant will be a minimum of about 8 to 10 inches tall and unlikely to have bloom or bud at the time of shipping.

Botanical Name Albertia Belize
Common Name White Shooting Star Flower
Plant Family Rubiaceae
Mature Size 6 to 8 feet
Bloom Color Slightly blue toned white
Bloom Form Long tubular star shape
Bloom Time Summer to Fall
Zone 9, 10, 11
Fragrance Light
Key Features Fragrant, Easy to Grow, Rare, Long Bloom Cycle, Attracts Butterflies
Suggested Uses Hedge, Mass Planting, Accent, Mixed Perennials
Grower Notes Rare, less known, and not widely sold or cultivated.


Direct planting of 4 inch starter size plants is not recommended. We suggest repotting the starter into and allowing it to grow larger before setting it out. When the new pot has filled with roots, here are a few hints for growing Alibertia Belize successfully within it's recommended USDA Zone Range.

  • Plant or repot in rich, fertile, high organic content soil or media. Amend the planting area with high quality compost as needed.

  • Select a location in light shade to full sun. A location protected from direct hot afternoon sun is preferred for best appearance of the foliage.

  • Supply supplemental irrigation, but take care not to overwater.

  • Feed a high quality bloom boosting, slow release plant food with the initial planting and 2 x yearly thereafter.

  • Pinch or prune lightly often to control legginess and encouraging new sprouts. Prune after flowering to control size and shape.

  • Model: ALI-WHI-BE-04
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3lbs
  • 12 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Emerald Goddess Gardens

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