Renga Renga - Arthropodium

Renga Renga is the New Zealand Maori name for Arthropodium cirratum - one of the best landscaping native plants I have ever grown in my garden. Some local gardeners use the name Rock-Lily.

 This New Zealand native plant starts flowering in early summer.
Renga Renga in Flower

It is really easy to take Renga Renga for granted - both in a practical and a visual sense. The strappy leaves are mid-green and the flowers in early summer are a subtle silvery white. I grow it in reasonably massed planting situations - it's like the perfect chorus for a garden opera! Renga Renga is oddly often overlooked when planning a New Zealand Native garden area.

 This path is near the Hen House and is edged with Renga Renga.
Puppy on the Garden Path

A Plant for Dry Shade

Renga Renga never crowds out nearby plants, and always retains its tidy look - particularly if grown in frost free sheltered areas. Here is the perfect plant for dry shade. Renga Renga even grows well underneath trees like gums and wattles (those greedy Australians!). It survives weather extremes - from snow storms in winter to drought in summer.

New Zealand's Agapanthus

Many local gardeners refer to it as New Zealand's Agapanthus. The idea is that wherever Agapanthus will grow, Renga-Renga will grow and look better, being naturally native!

Larger older clumps can be easily broken up to produce a mass of newer plants. There are also small seedlings to be collected and potted up. Thus a budget gardener can quickly mass-plant acres of land in Renga Renga and freely gain the admiration of New Zealand garden designers!

Edging the Garden Path

In the Moosey garden Renga Renga is used a lot as a path edger (Moosey paths always have compulsory edging). One of the oldest established garden seats in the Wattle Woods sits surrounded by a sea of Renga Renga. What a plant legend! And to think that this is the first proper page to feature it.

 Edged with Renga Renga - Rock Lilies.
Wattle Woods Path

The proper name is Arthropodium Cirratum, and from time to time New Zealand nurseries claim to have produced new improved varieties. Hmmm... Maybe it's time I bought in some new stock...