Native plants

Cook Strait kowhai

Scientific name: Sophora molloyi
Maori name: kowhai
English name: Cook Strait Kowhai
Other names: Molloy's Kowhai

Pioneer Shrub - native to the Wellington Region
Suits: dry, partial shade, sunny, shelter, exposure, coastal forest garden, coastal and dune garden, small garden or balcony

About Cook Strait kowhai

With its current conservation status, At Risk - Naturally Uncommon, the Cook Strait Kowhai is only found around cook strait and its islands. Small, wide often wider than high shrub with the iconic yellow flowers in late winter

 Unlike other kowhai species, the cook strait kowhai retains its leaves all year round.

Provides for birds

  Nectar Fruit Seeds
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Provides for lizards

  • Ground cover for retreat
  • Nectar
  • Clump forming for camouflage and insects

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