Clianthus puniceus, commonly known as Kaka-beak, Parrot;s-beak or Red Kowhai (Kōwhai Ngutu-kākā in Māori), is a species of flowering plant in the genus Clianthus of the legume family Fabaceae, native to New Zealand's North Island. This species is critically-endangered in the wild, known only on Moturemu Island in the Kaipara Harbor.
By choosing tall, narrow porcupine grass (Miscanthus sinensis strictus) and a small variety of New Zealand flax, this gardener has stayed pretty well within a narrow border. In summer, the grass leaves will be green with bright yellow bands. Photo: Pam Peirce