For Rach " all water blossoms such as lotus, water lilies, and cat tails. Bigger buds suit this passionate sign that loves the giant flowers of the magnolia tree. Camellias and peonies also suit this sign, especially if they are white. Clusters of white geraniums also compliment the energy of the Crab. Cow parsley and the lemon scent of verbena are also attractive to Cancers"
Pachystegia insignis - Marlborough Rock Daisy. Yes it's native to Marlborough NZ. The best way to care for this plant is to plant it with rocks and scrapy dry soil sheltered from excessive rain. Go ahead and neglect it. It'll will shine with glorious bold flowers and wonderful tough grey green leaves. Let it scramble down a bank or retaining wall. This is what it is used to in the wild rocky coastal parts of Marlborough.
Kōwhai The bark of the kōwhai tree was heated in a calabash with hot stones, and made into a poultice for wounds or to rub on a sore back. A person bitten in the face by a seal had wai kōwhai (kōwhai juice) applied to their wounds, and was well within days. (nz)
With its jointed stems and heart-shaped leaves riddled with caterpillar holes, kawakawa (Macropiper excelsum) is one of the easiest forest trees to identify. It produces finger-sized spikes of flowers that ripen to a deep orange in summer. Sometimes mourners at Māori funerals wear ...