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Arthropodium cirratum 'Te Puna' (Renga lily, New Zealand rock lily)

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Plant description

Arthropodium cirratum 'Te Puna' is a clumping perennial herbaceous plant with broad strappy leaves and white lily flowers in spring and summer. It is a very useful plant as it grows and flowers in shade and under trees, and can also tolerate dry conditions. It is good for edging, borders and along retaining walls, as well as mass plantings. Protect from frost. It is rarely troubled by pests or diseases, making it an easy care garden addition. Snails like the new growth, so scatter a few snail pellets from time to time. Mulch well to keep weeds at bay. 'Te Puna' is a dwarf variety of Arthropodium, and is native to New Zealand. The rhizomes are edible when cooked.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: white
Flowering season: spring summer

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.4 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 0.5 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Birds, butterflies, lizards.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 6.0-7.8

Pests

Snails and slugs

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Slow release fertiliser applied in spring.

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