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Carmichaelia NZ leafless broom

November 28th 2004

Charmichaelia                                                          leafless broom

The seeds of this species are found within a beaked pod no more than 2cm. long. Seeds mature in february and if picked as soon as they suggest ripeness can germinate within 8 days. Quick to grow and will flower 2 seasons from seed.

Carmichaelia make excellent pot plants. They can survive the toughest conditions and with their stark,erect or spreading branchlets create a distinct and unique form. The purple flowers are another quality of these endemic plants.

If you wish to learn more about native plants I suggest one of these natural history books from fishpond

Life-size Guide to New Zealand Native Ferns: Featuring the Caterpillars Which Feed on ThemA Field Guide to the Native Edible Plants of New ZealandGardener's Encyclopaedia of NZ Native PlantsTrees and Shrubs of New ZealandThe Reed Field Guide to New Zealand Native Trees