NZ Native Spring Flowers

Veronica speciosa (aka Hebe speciosa) has beautiful magenta flowers. Yellow flowers from a kowhai tree (Sophora sp.) The white flowers are also a Veronica species. Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. Taken 07 Sept 2019 by Liz.

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    1. We’re a bit limited really, especially for showy ones. And being a ‘long’ country with also a lot height variation, it’s difficult to be in the right place at the right time for any particular plant. The Mt Cook lily is one of my top favourites (actually a native Ranunculus or buttercup). Chatham Islands forget-me-not is stunning (but in nature only occurs on those islands). Hebes, manuka, kowhai and native clematis are my other favourites – all of which can be found in the wild if you’re in the right place at the right time! Rata and Pohutukawa are wonderful too.


    1. This one’s a reasonably hardy plant but needs to be sheltered from excessive cold. I’ve seen it grown as a hedge at some residential properties by the coast and it looks awesome.The flower is a real beauty, and the new leaves and stems are colourful as well. A particularly fine NZ native.

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