Monday, 25 August 2014

New Zealand flax under pine with pseudopanax and mahoe in the background.

Harakeke or New Zealand flax (Phormium species) was, and is, an important source of fibre for Maori for traditional weaving. 

Nectar from the early summer flowers will attract native birds and later oily seeds in dry pods will bring any local seed eating birds (or mice) to feed through the early winter.


  1. Hi Paul it's Shannon I love your blog but how do you get on to your book

  2. Go to the New Zealand Coastal Forests page on the blog Shannon, there are links to the book from there.