This biennial is one of the few New Zealand native plants with large showy flowers.
The flowers only lasts one day but are produced in such profusion that the shrub always seems to be covered in flowers.
They open in the morning and are closed by late afternoon.
||To ¼ cm
||spring or autumn
||In containers for later transplant.
Soak in warm water overnight before sowing.
This weakens the seed coat, enabling a more even and quicker germination.
This native is not fussy about where it is grown and looks after itself once established.
Mature plants do not need watering and seem to flower better if grown in poor soils.
Plants started in Autumn will flower in early Spring.