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Clianthus puniceus- red kākābeak

$12.00

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Red kākābeak

Large beak like flowers of bright red from spring to summer. Plants will grow up to 2 meters .They are best in sun or light shade with protection from frosts and snails when young. Prune to shape.

  • 1 litre pot

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Description

Common name: white kākābeak, kōwhai ngutukākā, parrot’s beak, parrot’s bill, lobster claw

kākābeak are a genus of flowering plants in the legume family. The genus comprises only two species both of which are endemic to the North Island of NZ. Both species ( C. maximus, and C. puniceus) are shrubby plants with spreading branches up to 2 meters high. They usually flower from spring through to early summer.

Being members of the legume family plants are able to fix nitrogen. They were used for this affect in some traditional Māori kūmara plantations. Flowers were also used for elaborate garlands for high-ranking women.

Both species of kākābeak are endangered in the wild. Cultivated plants are now widely planted in gardens.

Red kākābeak has large beak like flowers of bright red. Plants will grow up to 2 meters .They are best in sun or light shade with protection from frosts and snails when young. Prune to shape.

  • Ht: 2 x 2 meters
  • Sun to light shade
  • Good drainage
  • Tender while young
  • 1 litre pot