Sophora mi­cro­phylla

NZ Gardener - - IN SEASON -

Be­ing furry with an elec­tro­static charge, bees at­tract and pick up pollen which they sweep and groom into pollen bas­kets on their legs for trans­port, and while kowhai is tra­di­tion­ally a mag­net for bird pol­li­na­tion, bum­ble­bees of­ten steal nec­tar by chew­ing a hole in the base of the flow­ers (as they are too fat to squeeze in!) With late win­ter/early spring blooms, kowhai help sup­port pol­li­na­tors at a lean time of year too.

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