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Auckland Botanic Gardens: The Hidden Adventure

Auckland Botanic Gardens features many plants, trees and flowers, and a cafe. Here you will enjoy flora of different styles and origins such as African and Kiwi-style flowers and dwellings. You will also see Magnolia and Camellia flowers and different kinds of trees and shrubs. It is one of the vastest botanical areas in Auckland.

Pond view

Viola alba

Viola alba. Commonly known as white violet. A species of violet in the family Violaceae.

To grow this type of flower, there must be enough sunlight and moisture. Also space is a crucial factor as they must be able to grow to their full size.

The amount of watering depends on the size of the plant and whether it is cold enough outside. Signs that your plants need more water include wilting, leaf curling, slow growth and pale or dull-looking plants.

Sweet violet

A species of Sweet violet. Like White violets but colored in purple. Attracts bird pollinators such as butterflies, bees and aphids.

Sweet violet is known for its European gardening roots. Its smell is widely used to make perfumes. The leaves and flowers are edible and can make a good syrup.

Narcissus cuneiflorus

Narcissus cuneiflorus. Predominantly spring perennial plant of the Amaryllidaceae family. Narcissus has flowers with six petal-like tepals surmounted by a cup, a trumpet-shaped corona.

The species is native to meadows in southern Europe and North Africa. The center of diversity is in the Western Mediterranean. Both wild and cultivated plants have naturalized widely. They were introduce to Far East prior to the tenth century.

Tulipa Montana

Tulipa Montana. This is a lily crop species. Tulipa is included in the genus tulips, and family lilies.

Although they get nutrients from the sun and soil feeding them will provide stronger results. A good qualiti alll-purpose plant food is ideal.

Wrightia antidysenterica

Wrightia antidysenterica. Most of these species are snall shrubs from 20 to 150 cm high. This is a evergreen with needle-like leaves 2-15mm long. Flowers are sometimes axillary, outward or downward facing.

The seeds are small and may survive in the soil for decades.

Syringa prestoniae

Syringa prestoniae. These are small trees with sizes ranging from 2 to 10 metres with stems up to 20 to 30 cm diameter. The leaves are heart-shaped.

The flowers are produced in s[ring, Each flower is 5 to 10 millimeters in diameter with a four-lobed corollla. The corolla tube is narrow, 5 to 20 millimeters long.

Winter-Flowering Cherry

Winter-Flowering Cherry. Also known as prunus subhirtella. The flower is a spring cherry, small deciduous flowering tree. The tree originates in Japan, unknown in the wild.

Bur Oak

Bur Oak, also Quercus macrocarpa. Pet pousonous - toxic parts: shoots, leaves.

Quercus macrocarpa is a species of oak in the white oak section, Native to North America and in the eastern and central Canada.

It is widespread in the Atlantic coastal plain. The plant is a large deciduous tree growing up to 30 meters in height. It is one of the most massive oaks with a trunk diameter of up to 3 meters.


Japanese cherry, a sepcies of Prunus. Also known as East asian cherry, oriental cherry, Sakura.

The blossoms of the cherry are the national flower of Japan and are a landmark of spring season worldwide. The blossoms have a sweet scent, one of the most popular choices for perfume.

This species is often planted in gardens, orchards or at the roadside.

Maori native habitat: