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Serendipitous supply
When the Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust wanted to give a gift of plants, locally sourced from Rarangi Beach, east of Blenheim, they came to Oratia. Not only could we provide an eco-sourced species, it was also a plant which had since disappeared from the region!

This is the Trust's story.

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Urtica ferox
Height: 3m;  Spread: 2m
Ongaonga (Shrub)
Stinging nettle. Approach with gloves on! Can be grown to attract admiral butterflies. Will not tolerate drying out. Fast growing and attractive.
» Click here for our Urtica article published in the Titirangi Tatler, August 2010...
» Click here for our Moths and Butterflies article published in the Fringe, February 2013 ...
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Planted Urtica ferox and the Admirals came...!
One of my favourites, this one produces some excellent foliage(!) during the spring. Takes a bit of a hammering from the lacy-wings over summer but always recovers bigger and stronger each year. This specimen is about 4-5yo now. (20Sep2015)
I purchased this from you and it us now well populated with Red and Yellow admiral caterpillars. This is a very urbanised part of 
This is of one of my seedlings of this plant very young seed leaves