New Zealand’s showiest shrubs are the two species of kākā beak, Clianthus maximus, shown here, and C. puniceus. They are confined to northern New Zealand, on open hillsides and cliffs. Both are rare and threatened in nature, with less than 200 individual plants known in the wild. They are easy to grow from seed and widely grown as garden plants.
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Photograph by Mike Aviss
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