New Zealand Native Plants
After a serious flirtation with rhododendrons and camellias I am back on track. 2005 is going to be the Year of the New Zealand Native. No more pulling out Pittosporum seedlings or ignoring sale-price Hebes...
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.
A pohutukawa flowering in Coromandel town - NZ. . . often thought of as New Zealand's Christmas tree, they flower around this time, adding colour and charm.
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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.
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The Nikau Palm
The Rhopalstylis is a genus containing just two species of palm including the most southerly palm the Chatham Island Nikau and the other confined to Norfolk Island with a variety on the Kermadec Islands.