A tale of two vines
November's plants of the month
This month we feature two plants: the native New Zealand jasmine, or kaihua; and the pest plant Japanese honeysuckle.
… New Zealand jasmine / Kaihua - Parsonsia heterophylla
Last month we featured the invasive jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum), but did you know that New Zealand has its very own native ‘jasmine’? While not a true jasmine, also known as kaihua, these beautiful endemic vines have dark green leaves and produce small sprays of tiny white bell-shaped flowers during spring and summer. The flowers are gently scented, which attract native moths and potentially birds for pollination.
Read on to find out more about this lovely vine and how it can be used as a replacement for invasive menaces like Japanese honeysuckle.
… Japanese honeysuckle - Lonicera japonica