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Known as either the New Zealand Rock Lily or the New Zealand Renga Renga Lily (Arthropodium cirratum), this perennial plant is commonly seen in under storey plantings in the toughest to grow areas. With its lovely clumps of grey-green, slightly curved strappy leaves and tiny white flowers that appear high above the foliage from late spring to early summer, it provides a lovely soft alternative to those hard to grow areas in the garden.


How to grow new zealand rock lily in a garden

  1. Choose a place in the garden that gets part sun to full shade. Prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well. 
  4. Mulch with an organic mulch such as bark chips, sugar cane or pea straw keeping it away from the base of the plants.
  5. Feed in autumn and spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to ensure strong root development.
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How to grow new zealand rock lily in a pot

  1. Choose a pot that is at least twice the size of the selected plant. Position in the garden that receives part sun to full shade.
  2. Fill the pot with a quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter.
  3. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Water in well.
  5. Feed in autumn and spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to ensure strong root development.

Growing tips

  • To keep the plant looking at its best, remove any of the older or damaged leaves.
  • This plant can be easily propagated through division in spring by carefully removing it from the ground or the pot and dividing into separate clumps with a spade.
  • New Zealand Rock Lilies dislike having wet feet and will suffer from root rot if planted in boggy soils.
  • Great for use in the shaded areas around pools or in coastal locations.

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