The profiles of native plants that are provided below are based on our experience of having grown the vast majority of these species, most of which we have also viewed in the wild. It is important to see plants in nature, to gain an understanding of the conditions that have shaped them, and also of the aesthetics of natural plant communities.
The most recent plant profile to be added, in May 2013, concern a versatile white-flowered groundcover, Lobelia (syn. Pratia) perpusilla and a bronze-leaved groundcover with yellow flowers, Potentilla anserinoides.
Upcoming profiles will be added, in May/June 2013, on a commonly-planted small tree of the north, Griselinia lucida, and a critically endangered groundcover from Auckland's West Coast, informally referred to as Lobelia 'Woodhill' (in the interim, there is an entry in the 'Journal' section regarding the latter).
How to use these plant profiles
Each page is devoted to one genus (for example, Clematis), and within a single page there may be descriptions of several species - for example, within the page on Clematis, we currently have profiles on six different native species. Bear this in mind if you are interested in a particular species; it may be described in the lower part of the page.
For ease of use, we have separated the plant profiles into distinct categories (such as 'ferns' or 'climbers'), based on the growth habits of certain horticulturally significant members of each genus. These divisions are not always 'hard and fast'; for example, some genera contain both shrubs and climbers. They are simply intended to assist readers in finding information of particular interest to them.
Trees and shrubs
Herbs and low-growing shrubs
Flax and lily-like plants
Grasses, sedges and rush-like plants
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