New Zealand native fern from my garden.

New growth.


  • The leaves of ferns are called fronds and when they are young they are tightly coiled into a tight spiral. This shape, called a ‘koru’ in Maori, is a popular motif in many New Zealand designs.
  • One notable New Zealand fern is bracken (rarahu), which grows in open, disturbed areas and was a staple of the early Maori diet in places too cold for the kümara to grow. The roots were gathered in spring or early summer and left to dry before they were cooked and eaten.

13 responses to “New Zealand native fern from my garden.”

    1. Dankie, dis so perfek daardie krullerjie en opgevoude blaartjies. Ek verkyk my aan elke een wat uitkom.


    1. Wou meer ge-makro het maar kamera wil nie!

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      1. Party keer hyet die ding ‘n wil van sy eie


        1. Die stingeltjie as darem baie klein gewees.

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  1. that reminds me a little of the magic beanstalk the boy named Jack used to climb up to the sky :o)


    1. Ha ha, Jack has to be an elf if he wants to climb up this stalk. High paws to you!


  2. The spiral is delightfully ornate and it protects those tender young fronds perfectly as they develop. I can understand why this has become popular as a motif in so many N.Z. designs. Lovely photos and interesting information, Ineke.


    1. They are so delicate and still very strong to push their way up to the light before opening up. I found the information interesting too. The ferns started as one small plant, now they are taking over my whole bed. Have to pull some out.


      1. Some plants are like that. They seem to want to take over everywhere. We have some like that!

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  3. My first thought was “wrought-iron curlicues”. Beautiful.


    1. Very delicate but still strong enough to push through the ground and leaves. (Ek verkyk my telkens aan die nuwe groei.)

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