Story: Horticultural use of native plants

Traffic island planting

Traffic island planting

Small-leaved, highly branched shrubs are common in New Zealand. Because many will survive in windy or dry locations, they are popular for exposed spots. Tororaro (Muehlenbeckia astonii) is uncommon in nature but is grown as a garden plant. Here it is growing in a traffic island planting in Petone, near Wellington. The branches are so wiry and flexible that they supported Department of Conservation worker Rob Stone’s weight without being damaged.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1999/2287/29A
Photograph by Craig Simcox

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Horticultural use of native plants - The native garden', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 March 2021)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007