February 23, 2020

Megaherb: Campbell Island Daisy

The ribbed leaves give Pleurophyllum speciosum its name, from the Greek pleuro meaning rib and phyllo meaning leaf. Native to the subantarctic Auckland and Campbell islands, this member of the aster … [Read more...]

Megaherb: Ross Lily

With straplike leaves and a cylindrical flower, Bulbinella rossii is an impressive lily. One of the endemic megaherbs of the subantarctic Campbell and Auckland islands of New Zealand, this perennial … [Read more...]

And Then Came the Megaherbs

• By Janine Pineo • The word caught my attention, like a scent to a hound dog. Megaherb. What is this glorious thing? About a week ago, I clicked on a link from an account I follow on … [Read more...]

Pining for the South Pacific

In the vast South Pacific lies an island of 13. 3 square miles. On that island grows an endemic tree straight and tall -- more than 200 feet when mature -- that somehow has ended up as a houseplant … [Read more...]

Not Your Father’s Daimler

• By John F. Chisholm • My daughter Kimberley is working in New Zealand.  She returned for a week's visit at the end of November.  It was delightful to see her.  (What father doesn't delight in his … [Read more...]

Newer Native

Native to New Zealand is Leptospermum scoparium, or manuka in Maori. This scrub-type tree grows more like a shrub reaching heights up to 15 feet tall. But it can develop into a tree growing up to 50 … [Read more...]

On Your Toetoe

Talk about grass and most would think of lawns and mowing. But tall grasses are a whole different ballgame. Native to New Zealand is Toetoe, five species of tall grass that are members of the … [Read more...]

It’s a Date

It has been cultivated for so many years that its exact origins are not known. Phoenix dactylifera, which likely came from the region of Iraq, is better known as the date palm. It is the palm that … [Read more...]

Kumarahou Power

Plants from Middle Earth Garden Maine’s New Zealand Extravaganza – Celebrating a Completely Unexpected Journey A threatened species is Pomaderris hamiltonii, known in Maori as … [Read more...]

A Land of Inspiration

  Editor’s Note: On this day of the North American premiere of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” we have three stories from one place in New Zealand: Queen Elizabeth Park in Paekakariki … [Read more...]