Mikoikoi - NZ native iris 2
Interestingly, this little iris (libertia grandiflora) is grown not for its small dainty flowers but for its leaves and seedheads. The long lasting yellow seedheads add a bit of colour to a winter garden and the leaves themselves can also be striking. While these are green, as it was growing in shade, in the sun the leaves turn a golden orange.
Kowhai flowers (Sophora microphylla)
The blaze of yellow kowhai crowning the New Zealand forest is a sure sign of spring. The leaves, flower buds and open flowers are important food sources for native birds, and the flowers are also sources of nectar for honeyh eaters, and it is these birds, not bees, that are the tree's pollinators. Kowhai are small, woody legume trees in the genus Sophora native to New Zealand. There are eight species, S. microphylla being the most common. Kowhai trees grow throughout the country and are a…
Acca sellowiana (Feijoa sellowiana), pineapple guava...This plant is an easy-care, good looker with gray-green leaves. Prune it to a shrub or let it become a small tree. Exotic-looking red and white flowers taste incredibly sweet. Better yet, blooms become a delicious fruit that you can’t find at the market!
Kowhai seed pods and leaves Photographic Print
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Kowhai - NZ's National Flower
Maori Name:- Kowhai Common Name:- Kowhai, meaning Yellow Botanical Name:- Sophora microphylla The Kowhai is the national flower of New Zealand. When the New Zealand native Kowhai trees flower you know it's springtime. This is NZ’s special flower – the Kowhai, it is pronounced: “KO-FI”. In Maori, the letters “WH” are pronounced as an “F”
Signs of Spring: Clematis
Clematis paniculata is a New Zealand native which climbs high in the trees, and in spring their flowers brighten up the green of the bush with patches of white. This particular example is climbing up a tall tree along Huia Road. The September equinox will occur today, 23 September, 3:09 p.m. NZ time (=3:09 a.m.…
More from Otari - crimson rata at the Cockayne Lookout — the good earth
Leonard Cockayne was an important early botanist in New Zealand whose work included studies of our native vegetation. One of the sites honouring his work is the Cockayne Lookout. On a terrace above a steep bank, its view covers some of the Otari Native Botanic Garden plant colle
Metrosideros carminea - climbing rata - climber (will climb tree trunks or cliffs and where there is no support they will form a shrub. When it is cutting grown from adult foliage plants, the resulting plant forms a shrub rather than a climber. Likewise plants propagated from seed will form a climber. H 1 m x W 1m as a shrub Full sun and semi-shade Prefers a sheltered position.)