November 22, 2017

Mirror, Mirror

Plants from Middle Earth

Garden Maine’s New Zealand Extravaganza – Celebrating a Completely Unexpected Journey

Anna Paton Photo | Coprosma kirkii - Creeping mirror plant

Anna Paton Photo | Coprosma kirkii – Creeping mirror plant

Anna Paton Photo | Coprosma kirkii - Creeping mirror plant

Anna Paton Photo | Coprosma kirkii – Creeping mirror plant

More than 40 species of Coprosma are native to New Zealand, ranging from small shrubs to trees. Creeping mirror plant, or Coprosma kirkii, is one of the shrubs, with tiny, glossy olive-green leaves. The plant is a terrific groundcover that tolerates most conditions with ease and helping to supress weeds. It also is a flowering plant, producing berries in the fall. A single plant can grow up to 20 inches in height with a spread of more than 3 feet.

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Photographs kindly provided by Anna Paton of Auckland, New Zealand, at Auckland Botanic Gardens in November 2012. For a brief interview with Anna, click to read here.

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“New Zealand’s flora is described as being unique due to our long isolation many thousands of years ago. We have some 2,357 different plant species and approximately 80% of them are endemic, meaning they don’t occur anywhere else in the world.”

– From the Auckland Botanic Gardens website

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How did all this come about? You can read about how Janine Pineo of Garden Maine found Anna Paton, more than 9,000 miles away, as the crow flies. If a crow could fly 9,000 miles like that. Click here for that story.