More than a pretty flower

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One of my kids arrived home the other day saying ‘Rhabdothamnus solandri’, having learnt the name of this plant from her grandmother. And with a name like Rhabdothamnus solandri who needs a common name! Rhabdothamnus solandri just rolls off the tongue – I can’t stop saying it. Commonly found around north Auckland, one very easy place to see this plant is Wenderholm Regional Park where it grows alongside the track to Kokoru Bay. It is a pretty little flower, though the plant itself can look a bit sparse at times, but is useful in the garden because it suits both dry and shaded positions. The flower is known to be pollinated by birds including tui, bellbird and silvereye, something I would very much love to see.

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