Story: Horticultural use of native plants

Cabbage tree

Cabbage tree

Although Christchurch Botanic Gardens are well known for their English feel and collection of northern hemisphere trees, they have always had a place for natives. These cabbage trees (Cordyline australis) and flax (Phormium tenax) shared a border with introduced conifers in the early 1900s.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Steffano Webb Collection (PAColl-3061)
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Photograph by Steffano Francis Webb

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Horticultural use of native plants - History', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007