Plant of the Week: Mountain flax, wharariki

Smaller than harakeke, Phormium cookianum is an easy-care flax plant that will fit in small backyards. The nectar filled flowers are much loved by tui and bellbirds, and can help attract these birds to your garden over summer. We are hoping if backyard rat-trapping is maintained, alongside more planting, we might be able to entice bellbirds to our neck of the woods from neighbouring Rangitoto Island, as part of the North-West Wildlink.

During July Restoring Takarunga Hauraki will be giving away over 200 native plants suitable for urban backyards, including flax, nīkau and kowhai, these will be available to be picked up from the Depot Artspace from 14 – 25 July, in conjunction with the Forest has the Blues project #foresthastheblues

Read our other tree of the week posts: Nīkau, Kōwhai