Harakeke (flax) is one of our most useful native plants. Its long strong fibres can be used to make just about anything! In the early days M ori depended on harakeke for baskets, fishing gear, clothes, shelters, wall coverings and art. Look for the black harakeke seed pods in autumn. You’ll find loads of seed inside! Sow it into seed raising mix (just covered) and water gently to keep the mix moist. Seeds should sprout within a month if the weather stays warm.