Herb latin name: Plagianthus regius
Synonyms: Plagianthus betulinus
Family: Malvaceae (Mallow Family)
Description of the plant:
Habitat of Plagianthus regius:Lowland forests on North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands.
Other uses of the herb:A fibre obtained from the inner bark is used for making ropes, twine etc. It is a substitute for raffia.
Propagation of Plagianthus regius:Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a greenhouse. Sow stored seed in early spring in a greenhouse. It usually germinates freely. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Layering.
Cultivation of the herb:Lowland forests on North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands.
Medicinal use of Plagianthus regius:None known
Known hazards of Plagianthus regius:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.