Rengarenga - Rock lily

Arthropodium cirratum

Arthropodium cirratum is a species of herbaceous perennial plants endemic to New Zealand where it may once have been farmed. It occurs naturally north of Greymouth and Kaikoura near the sea and, as the name New Zealand rock lily suggests usually on rocks It was used for medicine as well as food and has symbolic importance in traditional Maori culture. It is an attractive lily, with long and fleshy leaves 30–60 cm by 3–10 cm. From November to January panicles of white to cream flowers with a touch of mauve appear, held well above the leaves.

NZCPN profile

Biodiversity enhancement

It is recommended to have a minimum of 5–6 species in one planting area. This creates a more resilient ecosystem in the long term.


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