NZ Natives Are Like Nothing Else

The exceptional flora and fauna in NZ are worth seeing, believing and protecting from our wasteful, polluting human lifestyles.
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NZ garden design | Te Kainga Marire - New Zealand's Native Garden - The Garden Could be a good solution for our creek crossing.

NZ garden design | Te Kainga Marire - New Zealand's Native Garden - The Garden Could be a good solution for our creek crossing.

Juvenile Lancewood. Pseduopanax crassifolius. This distinctive strange looking plant gives a designer look to a garden.

Juvenile Lancewood. Pseduopanax crassifolius. This distinctive strange looking plant gives a designer look to a garden.

Urtica ferox, commonly known as ongaonga, is a nettle that is native & endemic to New Zealand. It's sting is so nasty that even the smallest brush will feel numb for days following the painful sting. People have been known to become unconscious and even die from this serious stinging nettle. Yet it's the only thing our native butterfly, the red admiral, will eat.

Urtica ferox, commonly known as ongaonga, is a nettle that is native & endemic to New Zealand. It's sting is so nasty that even the smallest brush will feel numb for days following the painful sting. People have been known to become unconscious and even die from this serious stinging nettle. Yet it's the only thing our native butterfly, the red admiral, will eat.

Red Admiral butterfly native to NZ. Similar to the yellow admiral except less common because the caterpillars only eat NZ native nettle which is nasty nasty stuff rarely seen in human modified landscapes.

Red Admiral butterfly native to NZ. Similar to the yellow admiral except less common because the caterpillars only eat NZ native nettle which is nasty nasty stuff rarely seen in human modified landscapes.

Bumble bees might nest together but they don't work together. There are 12 native bumble bee species in NZ.

Bumble bees might nest together but they don't work together. There are 12 native bumble bee species in NZ.

Attracting birds (especially native birds) to your garden with food and shelter.

Attracting birds (especially native birds) to your garden with food and shelter.

caterpillar of the native Yellow Admiral Butterfly

caterpillar of the native Yellow Admiral Butterfly

There are plenty of plant species to choose from the create a no-mow lawn. Most of them are NZ natives because they grow better here than anything else. Blechnum penna-marina, Muehlenbeckia axillaris, Mazus novo zealandiae, Isotama fluviatilis, Selliera, Acaena species, Leptinella species, and Pratia angulata.

There are plenty of plant species to choose from the create a no-mow lawn. Most of them are NZ natives because they grow better here than anything else. Blechnum penna-marina, Muehlenbeckia axillaris, Mazus novo zealandiae, Isotama fluviatilis, Selliera, Acaena species, Leptinella species, and Pratia angulata.

Native Yellow Admiral butterfly are feisty creatures. Regularly seen chasing Monarch butterflies away from food sources.

Native Yellow Admiral butterfly are feisty creatures. Regularly seen chasing Monarch butterflies away from food sources.

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