Local flora – Puarangi, NZ Hibiscus

This delightful autumn flowering plant self seeds with abandon in my garden. An annual or short-lived perennial herb, puarangi is nationally critically endangered in the wild. It favours open ground in coastal areas and is susceptible to browsing by stock. Even though it grows up to 1 m tall, it struggles to compete with faster growing weeds.


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  1. I love pūarangi. It grows randomly, like yours in the same area of my driveway. My partner accidentally cut it with the weedeater – at first I was in tears but the next year it came back! I’m intent now on growing the seeds and spreading it throughout my garden. I love its fragility, its resilience, its beauty…


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