Riparian planting - Regenerating habitat
A small, very attractive native shrub (2-3m) found in wet upland forests throughout many of New Zealand’s mountains. Has become very popular in gardens in recent years for its striking foliage, culinary use, ornamental plantings and hedging
Unlike most plants, this native has blotchy red and yellow leaves all year round. An ancient genus from the Jurassic period growing nowhere else in the world. Particularly unusual that flowers come directly off older stems rather than from among the leaves.
Horopito seeds - shipped to NZ customers only
A slow growing shrub that thrives in high rainfall areas of both mountainous and coastal New Zealand. It's occurrence in wet areas makes it particularly susceptible to attack by fungi which creates the blotched foliage
To counter-act, horopito has evolved a broad set of antibacterial, antifungal, insecticidal and anti-parasitic defences to protect itself. Hot pepper-like foliage also makes it unpalatable to grazing animals
Grows in sun or semi-shade. Fruit is very palatable to birds.
Seed requires 4 weeks cold moist stratification at five degrees Celsius prior to sowing. A long dormancy is common. Expect 12-18 months for germination. Keep trays in shade to discourage weeds. Control moss with super Sulphur
Collected from Waituhi mountain ranges, central north island
100 seeds per pack
Seeds may be refrigerated up to12 months until ready to be sown
RIPARIAN ZONES (Preservation of ponds, streams, swamps, and wetlands)
CONSERVATION / HABITAT RESTORATION (marginal farmland, slips, gullies, erosion control)
MASS PLANTINGS native grass and flax groundcover