2017 Favourite Native Plant and Worst Weed results

The 2017 New Zealand Conservation Network Favourite Plant and Worst Weed election concluded late last year. The 2017 poll was a relatively sedate event, but nonetheless a new winner has been crowned as favourite plant; this is the twelft h species to have won in the 14 years of the competition. In contrast, a returning winner has taken away the title of worst weed.

2017 Faourite Native Plant

1. Pua o te reinga, wood rose, flower of Hades (Dactylanthus taylorii)

2. Nikau palm (Rhopalostylis sapida)

3. Kakabeak (Clianthus puniceus)

4. Konehu, kopakopa, rurenga kidney fern (Hymenophyllum nephrophyllum)

5. . Puawananga, white clematis (Clematis paniculata)

6. Korokio, wire-nettting bush (Corokia cotoneaster)

7. Kirk’s kohuhu, thick-leaved kohukohu (Pittosporum kirkii)

8. Gunnera hamiltonii

9. Mauve fingers orchid (Caladenia bartlettii)

10. Hector’s tree daisy, deciduous tree daisy (Olearia hectorii)

2017 Worst Weeds

1. Wandering Jew (Tradescantia fluminensis)

2. Gorse (Ulex europaeus)

3. Holly (Ilex aquifolium)

4. Darwin’s barberry (Berberis darwinii)

5. Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

6. Blackberry (Rubus ulmifolius)

7. Agapanthus (Agapanthus praecox subsp. orientalis)

8. Moth plant, moth vine (Araujia sericifera)

9. Bind weed (Convolvulus arvensis)

10. Old man’s beard (Clematis vitalba)