Story: Te ngahere – forest lore

Kōwhai flower (3rd of 4)

Kōwhai flower

When kōwhai flowered, in spring, it was time to plant kūmara (sweet potato). The flowers were used to make yellow dye.

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Photograph by John Gardiner

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Te ngahere – forest lore - Flowering plants', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/14082/kowhai-flower (accessed 20 June 2019)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 24 Sep 2007