Prickly manuka honey

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Manuka and kanuka  are great for birds as they create a lot of insect activity that attracts silvereyes, grey warblers and fantails into your garden. Right now both are in flower so how can you be sure which one you are looking at? One way is to compare flowers (see the long stamens on kanuka relative to the petal size) but I prefer the leaf test. Grab a handful of leaves of each and you’ll notice that kanuka (below) is soft  whereas manuka (above) is prickly to touch.To remember this I think of  ‘prickly manuka honey’. It works for me! (Manuka honey is very popular in NZ and very healthy).

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