NZ Native Tree and Plant Seeds

Cultivating native plants in your garden offers a multitude of ecological and practical benefits. Native plants are inherently adapted to the local climate, soil conditions, and wildlife, making them more resilient and requiring less maintenance. Their deep-rooted familiarity with the environment promotes water conservation and soil stability, contributing to sustainable gardening practices.

Native plants also play a crucial role in supporting local ecosystems by providing food and habitat for native wildlife, including pollinators like bees and butterflies. By choosing native plants, you contribute to the preservation of biodiversity and the delicate balance of your region’s ecosystem.

Additionally, native plants often require fewer pesticides and fertilizers, promoting a healthier and more environmentally friendly garden. Embracing native plant species is not just a choice for the environment; it’s an investment in a resilient, low-maintenance, and harmonious garden that supports the natural beauty and balance of your local ecosystem.

Ake ake - green - 192CMK

Ake ake - green - 192CMK

Details   Ake Ake is a bushy shrub/tree green in colour, has a flaky trunk, flowers in panicles yellow/green red/green, handles light frosts and tolerates coastal conditions, can be trimmed to size, grows up to 7 meters.
Botanical name   Dodonaea Viscosa
Contains at least   30
Date Of Seed Harvest   Feb 2023
Grower name   Carla McKnight
Price per packet   $4.50
Ake ake - purple - 167CMK

Ake ake - purple - 167CMK

Details   Ake Ake is a bushy shrub/tree, brown/purple in colour, has flowers in panicles, yellow/green red/green, can handle light frost and tolarates coastal conditions. Grows to 7 meters, can be trimmed to size
Botanical name   Dodonaea Viscosa
Grower name   Carla McKnight
Date Of Seed Harvest   Feb 2023
Storage Info   Seed frozen stored
Contains at least   30
Price per packet   $4.50
Black Matipo, Kohuhu - 201SS

Black Matipo, Kohuhu - 201SS

Details   Black Matipo is a pittosporum and is commonly known as kohuhu and other Maori names kohukohu and tawhiwhi. Its small, very dark purple flowers are only scented at night.  This native grows into a small shrub or tree to a height of 3-6 meters tall.  Ideal as a revegetation species or in a understory position.
Propagation: Sow Black Matipo seeds directly onto a firm bed of seed raising mix and press in well.  Cover with a light layer of mix.  Seedlings usually appear in two to three months depending on temperature.

Botanical name   Pittosporum tenuifolium
Grower name   Sarah Smith
Date Of Seed Harvest   March 2022
Storage Info   Seed frozen stored
Contains at least   30
Price per packet   $4.50
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Cabbage Tree - 173RW

Cabbage Tree - 173RW

Details   Can grow to 12 to 20 metres high, and can also grow in bone dry areas as well as very wet soils.
Propagation:  sow seed outside in autumn for spring germination. In warmer areas place seed in a damp paper and keep in the fridge for two months, then sow in trays. Transplant in to pots as soon as they show their first leaf.

New seed will be available again in Feb
Botanical name   Cordyline australis
Contains at least   50 seeds
Date Of Seed Harvest   Feb 2023
Grower name   Richard-Paul
Price per packet   $4.50
Cabbage Tree - Three Kings - 212CMK

Cabbage Tree - Three Kings - 212CMK

Details  
A compact growing tree, can grow up to 6 meters. Trunk can grow solitary or branch out
Botanical name   Obtecta
Contains at least   40 seeds
Date Of Seed Harvest   March 2022
Grower name   Carla McKnight
Storage Info   Seed frozen stored
Price per packet   $5.50
Carex Comans - 209CMK

Carex Comans - 209CMK

Details   Fine leaved tufted sedge can be planted in masse or interplanted even looks great in pots, rockery or borders, prefers a free draining soil
Botanical name   Cyperaceae
Contains at least   approx 100
Date Of Seed Harvest   Jan 2023
Grower name   Carla McKnight
Price per packet   $5.50
Coprosma propinqua - 200RW

Coprosma propinqua - 200RW

Details   Coprosma propinqua belongs to the Rubiaceae family and the genus Coprosma. A very hardy shrub that grows to 2-3m tall that produces a blue fruit that native birds feed on such as wax eyes. Seed is best sown in autumn and wintered outside for spring germination . In warm areas 6 weeks refrigeration before sowing is recommended,


Botanical name   Coprosma propinqua
Contains at least   10
Date Of Seed Harvest   Feb 2023
Grower name   Richard-Paul
Price per packet   $5.50
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Corokia - Red wonder - 48CMK

Corokia - Red wonder - 48CMK

Details   Corokia’s are a tight growing shrub/small tree making it very suitable for hedges small or large. Will tolerate  strong winds but does not like salt spray but still a good coastal tree. Grows to 2 m
Botanical name   Argophyllaceae
Contains at least   20 seeds
Grower name   Carla McKnight
Price per packet   $4.50
Corokia - Yellow wonder - 190CMK

Corokia - Yellow wonder - 190CMK

Details   Corokia are a tight growing shrub/small tree, making it very suitable as a small or large hedge. Will tolerate strong winds but sensitive to salt spray but still a good coastal tree. Grows to 2 m
Botanical name   Argophyllaceae
Grower name   Carla McKnight
Contains at least   20 seeds
Price per packet   $4.50
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Corokia Orange - 33CMK

Corokia Orange - 33CMK

Details   Corokia is ideal to grow as a hedge or stand alone, long slender leaves with the underside bring white, has orange berries, grows to 2 x 1.2 m
Botanical name   Argophyllaceae
Contains at least   20 seeds
Grower name   Carla McKnight
Price per packet   $4.50
Five Finger, Whauwhaupaku - 174SS

Five Finger, Whauwhaupaku - 174SS

Details   Five Finger is a fast growing native often found in regenerating forest.  Its leaves consist of five to seven leaflets, in winter five finger produces clusters of purple flowers at the tips of its branches creating abundant pollen and copious, rich nectar for birds and bees, the tree grows to around 8 meters.
Propagation: Sow Five Finger Seeds on a firm bed of seed mix, cover with a fine layer of mix and water thoroughly then place in a warm sheltered spot.

Botanical name   pseudopanax arboreus
Grower name   Sarah Smith
Date Of Seed Harvest   March 2023
Contains at least   30
Price per packet   $4.50
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Flax - Variegated New Zealand Green - 274SS

Flax - Variegated New Zealand Green - 274SS

Details   New Zealand Variegated Green Flax, Phormium Tenax has soft light green tips with cream stripes through the center, they can grow 3.5mt x 2mt wide with dark red flower spikes, that the Tui's love. Sometimes, this will grow bigger in the right conditions but being variegated, expect it to be smaller than the green non-variegated flax.
Propagation: Plant NZ Variegated Green Flax seeds in spring undercover in seed raising mix for later outside transplanting.

Botanical name   Phormium tenax variegatum
Grower name   Sarah Smith
Date Of Seed Harvest   Feb 2023
Contains at least   50
Price per packet   $4.50
Flax harakeke - 218RW

Flax harakeke - 218RW

Details  

 

Indigenous to New Zealand and Norfolk Island. Grows in a wide range of locations from lowland and coastal areas to mountain forest, will grow happily in very dry spots also. Seed needs stratification either by sowing in autumn in areas that get frosts, or 6 weeks in the fridge in frost free areas. 

Flax will cross pollinate with other cultivars, Richard has only one cultivar so this seed will grow true to type.

Botanical name   Phormium tenax
Grower name   Richard Paul
Date Of Seed Harvest   March 2024
Storage Info   Seed stock refreshed yearly
Contains at least   50
Price per packet   $4.50
Kaka Beak - white - 196CMK

Kaka Beak - white - 196CMK

Details   The white Kakabeak is a rare form of the red Kakabeak. Grows to 3 m depending on conditions, prefers full sun to partial shade, shape as desired, tolerates frost. Beautiful clusters of white flowers that resemble the beak of the kaka. Tui loves the flowers, occasionally slugs, snails or caterpillar like the plant too.
Botanical name   Clianthus Puniceus
Contains at least   30
Date Of Seed Harvest   2022
Grower name   Carla McKnight
Price per packet   $4.50
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Kaka Beak Rosea - red - 159CMK

Kaka Beak Rosea - red - 159CMK

Details   This Kakabeak is the smaller out of the two red varieties available, grows to two meters, shape as desired, can also be grown in a container. Will tolerate some frost, prefers to grow in a sheltered area away from strong winds, in free draining soil. Keep an eye out for caterpillars while still young.
Botanical name   Clianthus Puniceus
Contains at least   30
Grower name   Carla McKnight
Price per packet   $4.50
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Kanuka - 161RW

Details   Kanuka is similar to Manuka but is different plant, it can grow into a tree up to 30 m tall. It grows well on all soil types except water-logged soils, and is tolerant of wind, drought and frost.
Botanical name   Kunzea ericoides
Grower name   Richard Paul
Date Of Seed Harvest   March 2023
Contains at least   100 seeds
Price per packet   $4.50
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Kauri - 194CMK

Kauri - 194CMK

Details   Kauri trees look good planted on their own or in groups of three, seeds take 10-20 days to germinate in the right conditions, 50 years to be fully grown. Best suited to northern areas of NZ
Botanical name   Agathis australis
Contains at least   10
Date Of Seed Harvest   April 2023
Grower name   Carla McKnight
Storage Info   Seed stock refreshed yearly
Price per packet   $5.50
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Kawakawa - 228SS

Kawakawa - 228SS

Details   Kawakawa is a shrub with knobbly joints and glossy large heart shaped leaves that are a dark green.  Kawakawa leaves are traditionally used to brew herbal remedies, balms, ointments or turned into a poultice and applied to treat skin abrasions and ailments. It is an incredibly medicinal and healing plant in New Zealand. Kawakawa is a coastal and lowland forest tree that prefers moist rich, free-draining soil in a semi-shade to shady position. It will tolerate an open windy situation but is frost tender. Kawakawa will often be found growing beneath the canopy of larger plantings such as pine trees, as the kawakawa plant does not require much light to flourish. Kawakawa produce a berry that turns from green to orange in February/March.
Propagation: Plant Kawakawa seeds in Summer and Autumn in moist seed raising mix, cover lightly and keep moist but not waterlogged in a warm partially shaded place. Seeds may take some time to appear, 6mths.
 
Botanical name   macropiper excelsum
Grower name   Sarah Smith
Date Of Seed Harvest   Jan 2024
Contains at least   40
Price per packet   $4.50
Kowhai - prostrate  145RW

Kowhai - prostrate 145RW

Details   Naturally grows in the east of the South Island Dwarf kōwhai or prostrate kōwhai is extremely hardy growing on dry north facing hills. When grown in damper soils it seems to grow quicker than in its natural habitat where it grows to about 2m tall. Propagation: Seed is best sown in Autumn after a chip has been removed from the side of the seed with something like a sharp knife or sandpaper this allows moisture to enter and help germination, outside of autumn chill seed in a fridge for two months. Sow seeds in a firm bed of seed raising mix and press in, cover with a light layer of mix.  Seeds should germinate in 14 days.
Botanical name   Sophora prostrata
Grower name   Richard Paul
Storage Info   Seed stock refreshed yearly
Contains at least   20
Price per packet   $5.50
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Kowhai - South Island - 207RW

Kowhai - South Island - 207RW

Details   This South Island variety grows to 8 m which has smaller leaves that the North Island type. This seed is from the 80 year old tree seen in the photo 

Seed is best sown in autumn to allow for stratification, or this can be done by placing in the fridge for 6 weeks, then a chip removed from the side of the seed with something like a steak knife, this allows moisture to enter helping germination, .
Botanical name   Sophora microphylla
Contains at least   30
Date Of Seed Harvest   April 2021
Grower name   Richard-Paul
Storage Info   Seed stock refreshed yearly
Price per packet   $4.50
Kowhai, Cook Strait - 32ASS

Kowhai, Cook Strait - 32ASS

Details   The Cook Strait Kowhai is one of eight species of Kowhai found in New Zealand. It grows along the shores of Cook Strait. A small dense tree that grows to 3 meters tall bearing leaves up to 100mm long.
Propagation: Seed is best sown in Autumn after a chip has been removed from the side of the seed with something like a sharp knife or sandpaper. This allows moisture to enter and help germination. Outside of autumn, chill seed in a fridge for two monthsSow seeds in a firm bed of seed raising mix and press in, cover with a light layer of mix. Seeds should germinate in 14 days.

Botanical name   Sophora molloyi
Grower name   Sarah Smith
Date Of Seed Harvest   June 2022
Storage Info   Seed frozen stored
Contains at least   30
Price per packet   $4.50
Kowhai, North Island - 203SS

Kowhai, North Island - 203SS

Details   North Island Kowhai has larger more widely spaced leaves than the other seven species. Kowhai grows naturally in eastern North Island but will grow just as well in the South Island. Propagation - Seed is best sown in autumn to allow for stratification, or this can be done by placing in the fridge for 6 weeks, then a chip removed from the side of the seed with something like a steak knife, this allows moisture to enter helping germination.
Botanical name   sophora tetraptera
Grower name   Sarah Smith
Storage Info   seed renewed yearly
Contains at least   30
Price per packet   $4.50
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Manuka - 64CMK

Manuka - 64CMK

Details   New Zealand tea tree, naive to New Zealand and South-East Australia. Shrub like tree good for regeneration of bare land, flowers white occasionally pink
Botanical name   Leptospermum scoparium
Grower name   Carla McKnight
Date Of Seed Harvest   March 2022
Storage Info   Seed frozen stored
Contains at least   approx 100
Price per packet   $4.50
Mitrosideros Mistral Rata - Pohutukawa Hybrid - 195CMK

Mitrosideros Mistral Rata - Pohutukawa Hybrid - 195CMK

Details   Grows to approximately 5 m can handle light frosts, tolerates coastal conditions. Great in extra large pots, border plants, hedging, or stand alone statement shrubs
Botanical name   Metrosideros robusta
Contains at least   approx 100
Grower name   Carla McKnight
Price per packet   $4.50
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Muehlenbeckia astonii - 252CMK

Muehlenbeckia astonii - 252CMK

Details  
A dense deciduous forming shrub. Likes a moderate to high fertility soil and will tolerate dry sites. Processing this seed is very time consuming which reflexes in the price.
Botanical name   Muehlenbeckia astonii
Grower name   Carla McKnight
Date Of Seed Harvest   March 2022
Contains at least   20
Price per packet   $6.50
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New Zealand wind Grass - 176CMK

New Zealand wind Grass - 176CMK

Details   Grows into a dense fountain like clump about 90cm tall. Likes full sun or part shade areas from well-drained to heavy soils, will handle dry summers also.
Botanical name   Anemanthele lessoniana
Grower name   Carla McKnight
Date Of Seed Harvest   Feb 2023
Contains at least   100
Price per packet   $4.50
Ngaio - 121RW

Ngaio - 121RW

Details   Ngaio is shrub or small tree up to 10 m tall. Grows best in coastal areas as it doesn't like get heavy frosts. Grows easily from seed.
Botanical name   Myoporum laetum
Contains at least   30
Date Of Seed Harvest   Feb 2024
Grower name   Richard Paul Watson
Price per packet   $4.50
Nikau palm - 113CMK

Nikau palm - 113CMK

Details   Grows to 9 m, very slow growing, produces bright red fruit which birds love eating, sensitive to frost when young
Botanical name   Rhopalostylis Sapida
Grower name   Carla McKnight
Date Of Seed Harvest   Feb 2024
Contains at least   25
Price per packet   $6.50
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NZ Iris, Libertia - 189SS

NZ Iris, Libertia - 189SS

Details   Libertia, New Zealand Native Iris, is a small green/yellow native plant with iris like white flowers in Spring followed by orange/yellow fruit. Will grow as tall as 50cm. Handles frost but doesn't like being too dry.
Propagation: Seed scarification is recommended; place seeds in a cup of warm water, leave to cool for 24hrs then sow seeds directly on to a firm bed of seed raising mix and press well in. Cover with a light layer of mix.

Botanical name   libertia peregrinans
Grower name   Sarah Smith
Date Of Seed Harvest   Feb 2024
Contains at least   20
Price per packet   $4.50
Oi Oi / Jointed Rush - 152CMK

Oi Oi / Jointed Rush - 152CMK

Details   Oi Oi grows well in dry or wet areas, nice grown on the edge of water, mass plantings or companion planting also suitable grown in pots. Also suitable in coastal areas, a very hardy reed. Has a habit of arching with new growth coming thru straight, grows to one meter
Botanical name   Apodasmia Similis
Contains at least   50
Date Of Seed Harvest   Feb 2022
Grower name   Carla McKnight
Price per packet   $4.50
Pigeonwood, Porokaiwhiri - 166SS

Pigeonwood, Porokaiwhiri - 166SS

Details   Pigeon Wood is an attractive small tree with glossy leaves, clear white flowers followed by bright orange berries. These are a very important food source for Kereru and make it an attractive tree. It grows about 8 meters tall. Pigeonwood prefers a sheltered site with plenty of moisture and good soil, in semi-shade.
Propagation: Sow Pigeonwood seeds directly on to a firm bed of seed raising mix and press well in, cover with a light layer of mix.  Seedlings will come up in Autumn.
Botanical name   hedycarya arborea
Grower name   Sarah Smith
Date Of Seed Harvest   October 2021
Contains at least   30
Price per packet   $4.50
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Pittosporum - Karo - 157CMK

Pittosporum - Karo - 157CMK

Details   Small coastal tree that pretty much grows thru out NZ now, the red flowers like other pittosporum has a lovely scent more noticeable in the evening, great as a hedging tree or stand alone. Karo has a thick leaf similar to pohutukawa with white underside. Grows to 5 m, very frost hardy.
Botanical name   Pittosporum crassifolium
Grower name   Carla McKnight
Date Of Seed Harvest   Dec 2022
Contains at least   40
Price per packet   $4.50
Pittosporum - Wrinkled Blue - 210CMK

Pittosporum - Wrinkled Blue - 210CMK

Details   Beautiful blue/green foliage, quick growing, good as a hedging, screening or stand alone tree, can clip to desired shape. Height 4 m, tolerates frost.
Botanical name   Pittrosporum tenufolium
Grower name   Carla McKnight
Date Of Seed Harvest   Feb 2022
Contains at least   40
Price per packet   $4.50
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Pittosporum Lemonwood, Tarata - 185SS

Pittosporum Lemonwood, Tarata - 185SS

Details   Lemonwood can grow up to 12 m tall and is NZ's largest Pittosporum it can be grown throughout New Zealand but will need some protection from heavy frost when young.
Propagation: Seed is best cold treated in the fridge for 6 weeks.  Sow seeds directly on to a firm bed of seed raising mix and press in, cover with a light layer of mix. Sow in Autumn sow in pots outside and seedlings should appear in spring.
Botanical name   pittosporum eugenioides
Grower name   Sarah Smith
Date Of Seed Harvest   Jan 2023
Contains at least   40
Price per packet   $5.50
Pohutukawa - Springfire/Mauri Princess - 124CMK

Pohutukawa - Springfire/Mauri Princess - 124CMK

Details   Grows to 5 m, sensitive to frost while still young, good as a screening or specimen tree. Grows well in coastal area.
Botanical name   Metrosideros excelsa
Contains at least   100
Date Of Seed Harvest   2021
Grower name   Carla McKnight
Price per packet   $4.50
Pohutukawa Metrosideros exselsa - 110CMK

Pohutukawa Metrosideros exselsa - 110CMK

Details   Often called the NZ native Christmas Tree, grows to 9-10 m tall, can be used as a screen or hedge tree. Tolerates drought, wind and salt spray Easy to grow, plant in free draining soil
Botanical name   Pohutukawa Metrosideros exselsa
Contains at least   approx 100
Date Of Seed Harvest   2021
Grower name   Carla McKnight
Price per packet   $4.50
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Red Matipo, Mapou - 184SS

Red Matipo, Mapou - 184SS

Details   Red Matipo is a species native to the North, South and Stewart Island of New Zealand, it grows into a small shrub or tree to a height of 4-6 meters. It can be used as a revegetation species or in an understory position. Propagation: Sow Red Matipo seeds directly onto a firm bed of seed raising mix and press well in. Cover with a light layer of mix.  Seedlings usually appear in two to three months depending on temperature.
Botanical name   myrsine australis
Grower name   Sarah Smith
Date Of Seed Harvest   March 2022
Storage Info   Seed frozen stored
Contains at least   30
Price per packet   $5.50
Renga Renga Lily - 127SS

Renga Renga Lily - 127SS

Details   Renga Renga Lily also known as the New Zealand Rock Lily, is a great replacement for the invasive agapanthus and an alternative to bromeliads. Renga Renga lilies are clump forming perennials about 75 cm tall with soft grey green arching strappy leaves. They cope well with dry coastal areas but do best in dappled shade and when mass planted they are an impressive sight in spring and summer when they send up tall spikes that produce clouds of white flowers that are followed by fruits and seeds that are attractive to birds.
Propagation: Seed scarification is recommended, place seeds in a cup of warm water, leave to cool for 24hrs then sow seeds directly on to a firm bed of seed raising mix and press well in. Cover with a light layer of mix.  

Botanical name   Arthropodium cirratum
Grower name   Sarah Smith
Date Of Seed Harvest   March 2024
Contains at least   30
Price per packet   $4.50
Ribbon Wood - 153CMK

Ribbon Wood - 153CMK

Details   Ribbon woods in there natural environment can grow 5/10 meters depending on soil type and location, outside of its forest environment it's best to prune like what is seen in the photo. If planted out in the open they tend to grow extra limbs but as the tree gets older the limbs can start to split apart letting rainwater in and in the end kill it. Ribbon woods tolerate fairly strong winds and very dry soils. Can be planted quite close together when group planting, If you have them in your area Wood pigeons enjoy their fruit.
Botanical name   Plagianthus regius
Grower name   Carla McKnight
Date Of Seed Harvest   Feb 2024
Contains at least   30
Price per packet   $4.50
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Toi toi - Mini - 91aCMK

Toi toi - Mini - 91aCMK

Details   An easy care plant with lush green foliage that is drought and wind tolerant, grows well in free draining soil. Grows to around a metre tall
Botanical name   Chronochioa flavicans
Contains at least   100
Date Of Seed Harvest   Feb 2022
Grower name   Carla McKnight
Storage Info   Seed stock refreshed yearly
Price per packet   $4.50
Toi toi - North Island - 264CMK

Toi toi - North Island - 264CMK

Details   This North Island toi toi is a tough and very useful plant can grow in most conditions from in the garden to stream edged, has beautiful upright plumes which can reach up to 3.5 meters, this toi toi is medium in size, flowers are also useful as decoration’s
Botanical name   Austroderia fulvida
Contains at least   50 seeds
Date Of Seed Harvest   April 2023
Grower name   Carla McKnight
Storage Info   Seed stock refreshed yearly
Price per packet   $5.50

Toi toi - South Island - 241RW

Details   The South Island Toi toi grows to around 1.5m with its flower stems up over 2m. Can pretty much grow in most soil types but doesn't like anywhere really dry.
Botanical name   Austroderia richardii
Contains at least   50 seeds
Date Of Seed Harvest   Feb 2023
Grower name   Richard-Paul;Watson
Storage Info   Seed stock refreshed yearly
Price per packet   $4.50
Tussock swamp twig rush - 216CMK

Tussock swamp twig rush - 216CMK

Details    A rhizomatous perennial that once established is quite tolerant of drought. does best in a slightly acidic soil and will tolerant of saline conditions.
Botanical name   Machaerina juncea
Contains at least   30
Date Of Seed Harvest   March 2022
Grower name   Carla McKnight
Price per packet   $4.50
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