Lep­tosper­mum sco­par­ium

NZ Gardener - - IN SEASON -

Though rel­a­tively brief in its flow­er­ing, manuka is one of the best plants you can grow for pol­li­na­tors of all kinds. The sheer ex­u­ber­ance of the flow­er­ing is what draws in the wildlife. Flow­ers range from deep reds to daz­zling whites and shim­mer­ing pinks such as this cul­ti­var ‘Keat­leyi’. Dou­ble manuka flow­ers are fine to choose as they have open cen­tres which still al­low in­sects to feed on the nec­tar within.

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