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common name: Pinatoro, New Zealand Daphne, Strathmore weed, Autetaranga
synonyms: Pimelea coarctata
shrub, evergreen, ground-cover
poisonous or irritant
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 9 to 9
Dense, low-growing, Hebe-like evergreen. Small, bluish or grey-green leaves. White flowers with bright yellow anthers, larger on male plants, in summer. Female plants produce white to red berry-like fruits. Normally dioecious, both male and female plants are required for seed production, although apparently hermaphrodite forms exist.
Well-drained neutral to very acid soil in sun. Fairly drought tolerant. Not very hardy in the UK and may need winter protection, good drainage in winter is essential.
From layered branches, cuttings or seed.
Good ground cover, although rather slow growing.
The berries are edible, but the rest of the plant is poisonous.
New Zealand native, found in dry, stony or gravelly, open areas from the coast to sub-alpine mountains in North and South Islands.