Story: Horticultural use of native plants



Rengarenga or rock lily (Arthropodium cirratum) was one of the first New Zealand plants to be grown in Great Britain. This specimen, illustrated in the 1822 edition of Curtis’s Botanical magazine, was grown from seed and raised indoors as a greenhouse plant in Fulham Nursery, London. In New Zealand the plant grows close to the coast, on rocky sites. In gardens it is popular as a quick-growing ground cover.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Rare Periodicals Collection, Special Printed Collections
Reference: Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, or, Flower-garden Displayed 49 (1822): p. 350, plate 2

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Horticultural use of native plants - History', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 June 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007