Strap like, lush, 2-foot green leaves gracefully sweep out from the center. In summer, 3-foot branched panicles of 6 petaled, white starry flowers emerge, and the flowers have fuzzy purple and yellow stamens which curl at the end.
It is endemic to coastal scrub and cliff areas of New Zealand and typically found on rocks. It is thought to have been a food source to the Maori, who cooked the rhizomes. Mature it can reach 3′ by 3′.
Pronunciation: arth-roh-POH-dee-um sir-RAT-um
Species Meaning: Greek word for curled in reference to the anthers, or having tendrils
Athropodium cirratum is native to New Zealand.
This plant is ideally suited to coastal climates and can take salt spray. It can take shade or sun, but the more sun it gets, the more water it may want. In shade, it can be described as drought tolerant.
The one thing to watch out for with this plant is slugs and snails. In colder areas, it may get knocked down in winter, but in milder climates remains evergreen. Supposed to be deer resistant, but something is eating mine – either deer of rabbits.
3/12 Sown. 2 pots about 15-20 each. 1 OH
3/31 Germ on heat. 4/8 Germ NOH
4/21 Those on heat doing much better. All now on heat
Maori name: Rengarenga, Maikaika
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Plant ID: P20135 | Seed ID: S2003
There are 4 planted in the hell strip along Gondwana. They are getting eaten by something, not sure what yet. More recently (April 2021) they have been left alone and grew quite a bit. They are now just coming into bloom at the beginning of June.