Arthropodium cirratum ‘Matapouri Bay’
RENGA RENGA LILY
Thank you to our fellow gardeners across the ditch.
As we can never thank you enough for sending your Renga Renga Lily from New Zealand.
When faced with a problem spot, or a garden with deep or dry shade, Arthropodium cirratum ‘Matapouri Bay’, is a go-to plant.
‘Matapouri Bay’ is an improved cultivar, selected for even more robust growth and prolific blooming.
So it is slightly taller and floriferous than the usual Renga Renga Lily.
(Scroll down to “Growing” section below for plant details and growing advice).
Go-to plant for tough spots, Deep and Dry Shade
Because it is virtually indestructible in a wide range of difficult conditions, including deep or dry shade.
Arthropodium cirratum ‘Matapouri Bay’ will also make a go of it in poor soil, coastal conditions, Full Sun or Full Shade.
Pretty blooms plus architectural foliage
Large sprays of white stars, are borne prolifically and long, on arching sprays over summer.
And the blooms look so elegant and airy above dense clumps of arching blue-grey foliage.
So the clump is rather like an Agapanthus, but with much better foliage colour, and not so coarse.
Growing: Arthropodium cirratum ‘Matapouri Bay’
RENGA RENGA LILY
– Height with flowers: Blooms on arching stems to a height of 90cm. approx.
– Width: Forms a dense clump to a diameter of 1m. approx.
– Position: Just about anywhere.
So plant in Full Sun or Shade, including Dry Shade and Deep Shade.
Consequently Renga Renga is often used underneath trees and shrubs, or in dull areas between buildings.
It also makes a good tub specimen.
And it tolerates wind and coastal conditions well.
– Soil: Renga Renga is not a bit fussy. So it can tolerate poor, rocky or dry soils well, once established.
Tough, hardy & easy
– Water-wise: Arthropodium is very drought resistant once settled in, and can get along on minimum water. Average garden watering is ample.
– Frost: Arthropodium can tolerate some frost. Though in areas with severe frosts it is best planted under trees and shrubs (which is just where you want to put it anyway).
– Growth: Evergreen dense perennial clump.
– Care: One of the easiest of plants to maintain, requiring little to no work.
So garden designers creating low maintenance gardens just love it.
You may care to tidy up the foliage occasionally by cutting off any dead or damaged leaves, but if don’t get around to it, the plant wont mind.
It is rarely troubled by any pests or diseases
Naturally a good plant
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees and butterflies enjoy foraging in the sweet flowers. While little native skinks and lizards find comfortable and safe homes amongst the dense strappy foliage.
Snails also like to hide in there during the day – so they are easy to catch or trap.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: The vermin don’t seem to prefer the tough, strappy leaves.
– Origin: While various members of the Arthropodium family hail from various areas of the Pacific, including Australia. The most beautiful Renga Renga come from both the South and North islands of New Zealand.
– Useful plant for First Nation people: The Maori people of New Zealand cooked the roots and relished them as a delicacy. While all parts of the plant could be used for medicine and ointments.