Clianthus puniceus is from the Leguminosea family (pea family).
It is a soft woody shrub with a rather sprawling habit and has pendulous clusters of bright red flowers in Spring.
It is rare and endangered in the wild with only a few wild populations been found, in the North Island.
It was widely cultivated by pre European Maori.
Kaka beak can be relatively short lived.
The care of the Clianthus is:
Cut back after flowering.
Protect from slug and snail damage.
It is susceptible to defoliation by leaf miner. Spray with an insecticide
Feed plant in Spring with a slow release fertiliser
- H 2m x W 1.5m
- Full sun.
- Prefers a free draining site
- Protect from heavy frosts
- Food for birds particularly the tui and the bellbird