My final New Zealand Botanical stitchery block is now completed, designed by Jenny Hunter. The bright purply-red bell shaped flowers have stamens laden with intense blue sticky pollen.
My final NZ Botanical stitchery block
Photo bombed by Gemma
Kotukutuku is considered to be the world’s largest fuchsia. In damp forest it can grow to 12m tall and form a trunk over 1m in diameter. It is one of New Zealand’s few truly deciduous trees, losing its leaves in winter in all but the warmest areas. Attractive, small flowers appear between August and December. They change from greenish-yellow to purple-red. The flowers are rich in nectar and are visited by honey-eating birds, especially tui, bellbirds and silvereyes.