Autumn Plant Sale

Click on the link below to see the plants and seedlings (and prices) that will be available in Auckland at our sale from 30 April. When collecting your plants, please remember to wear a facemask.

We will accept CASH if you
can bring the right amount.
Everything is $10.

We also have SWAN PLANTS!

PROCESS:

  1. You must be able to collect these from a Blockhouse Bay, Auckland, address at a prearranged time on Saturday 30 April or the following week.
  2. Please order the plants you require (to ensure we do not oversell). Email
    treasurer@nzbutterflies.org.nz with your name, address (for mail), phone number (mobile
    preferred) and preferred day/time to collect.
  3. An invoice with confirmation of your purchase, day/time, and the address to collect them from, will
    be emailed to you.
  4. Price(s) $10 per plant. Pay by internet banking into the MBNZT bank account with Kiwibank  38-9009-0654693-00 on receipt of invoice.
  5. Call at the pre-arranged time to collect your plants in a contactless handover!

RANGE:

>>> Gomphocarpus fruticosus (swan plant)

1.5 metres tall, well established and caterpillar-friendly

>>> Montanoa grandiflora – Mexican Tree Daisy

Mexican tree daisy grows like crazy over the spring and summer and then flowers brightening up the bleakest winter’s day. Bees, butterflies and moths love the flowers. Foliage has a delicious scent – some say chocolate chip cookies!

>>> Morus alba – White mulberry

Perfect if you’re raising silkworms. (We’ll even help you find your starter silkworms.) Fast-growing, small to medium-sized mulberry tree which grows to 10–20 m tall.

>>> Muehlenbeckia axillaris (Sorry sold out – more in 2-3 months)

Great groundcover and the first step in attracting copper butterflies to your garden. Muehlenbeckia axillaris is a low evergreen shrub, forming wiry mats up to about 1 metre in diameter, native to New Zealand. It has thin, red-brown stems, with glossy squarish to roundish leaves that are less than 1 cm in diameter and 2–4 mm thick.

>>> Tagetes lemmonii

Bushy evergreen shrub which will grow 1-2 metres tall/wide, although you can keep it more compact with pruning. Foliage has a strong fragrance of marigold/lemon/mint. Orange yellow flowers can bloom all year. Plant in full sun or part shade, well-drained soil. Drought tolerant in coastal gardens. Frost tender to a hard frost but rebounds quickly. Overall, hardy. Comes from southern Arizona and northern Mexico. Named after plant collectors John and Sara Lemmon, hence the name.

>>> Telanthophora grandifolia (Sorry sold out – more in 2-3 months)

Got a big space? This plant can grow up to 3-4 metres tall. It has fragrant yellow flower clusters, looking a bit like a Senecio species. Flower clusters are bigger than dinner plates and so are the paddle-shaped, scalloped, deep green leaves – about 300-400 metres long! Comes from the cloud forests of Mexico. Seems to flower twice a year here in Auckland. Plant in soil rich in humus, fast-draining. Frost tender.

>>> Tithonia diversifolia

Tithonia diversifolia is a fast-growing plant, great for midwinter nectar, used as a garden ornamental, a green manure in agro-forestry systems, hedging and as a fodder crop for livestock such as goats and cattle. Flowers early winter.

>>> Urtica australis

Host plant for the admiral butterflies with its super-large leaves.

>>> Vitex agnus-castus or Chaste plant (Sorry sold out – more in 2-3 months)

Vitex agnus-castus is a native of the Mediterranean region. Butterflies love it, and parts of the plant are used as an herbal remedy to treat a variety of ailments. For instance, it is used to treat PMS, symptoms of menopause, infertility issues and other conditions affecting the female reproductive system. It’s been used in this way since ancient Greece. In Turkish medicine, it’s also used as a digestive, anti-fungal and anti-anxiety aid.