Over spring and summer, Marlborough roadsides, parks, and reserves become a mass of colour with wildflowers, many of them species escaped from gardens.


Indigenous beech forests are a unique part of the New Zealand landscape. Significant parts of Marlborough retain their original forest cover.

Broadleaf / Kapuka (Griselinia littoralis)

Broadleaf or Kapuaka (Griselinia littoralis) is a common native tree found throughout New Zealand, with oval leathery leaves.

Button Fern (Pellaea rotundifolia)

Button Fern (Pellaea rotundifolia) is a small endemic fern found typically in dryish rocky habitats with acidic soils throughout New Zealand.

Cabbage Tree

The ubiquitous cabbage tree is found throughout NZ. In Marlborough, it is particularly common in many of the drier parts of the region.

Calystegia soldanella

Calystegia soldanella (shore Convulvulus, nihinihi) is an indigenous flowering plant found throughout New Zealand in sandy soil along shorelines.

Common Sun Orchid

An endemic NZ orchid widely distributed throughout New Zealand, common in scrubland.

Fivefinger, Whauwhaupaku (Pseudopanax arboreus)

Fivefinger, Whauwhaupaku (Pseudopanax arboreus) is a common small tree endemic to New Zealand, identifiable by its distinctive leaves and seeds.

Gentianella corymbifera

Gentianella corymbifera or grassland gentian is a native flowering plant found in alpine grasslands east of the Main Divide.

Hounds Tongue / Kowhaowhao (Microsorum pustulatum)

Hounds Tongue / Kowhaowhao is a common epiphytic fern native to New Zealand, found growing on a wide range of substrates.


Kahikatea or white pine is a member of the Podocarp family and New Zealand's tallest tree. It was once widespread throughout lowland Marlborough.

Kakaha, Bush Lily (Astelia fragrans)

Kakaha or Bush Lily is New Zealand's most common species of Astelia, found throughout the country on the forest floor amongst native bush.

Kanono (Coprosma grandifolia)

Kanono (Coprosma grandifolia) is the largest leaved species of Coprosma, a genus of shrubs and small trees endemic to New Zealand.


Kānuka is a common tree endemic to New Zealand, tolerant of a wide range of conditions and found throughout the country.

Karamū (Coprosma robusta)

Karamū (Coprosma robusta) is a fast growing shrub to small tree with large, shiny leaves, and small, bright orange berries.

Kawakawa (Piper excelsum)

Kawakawa (Piper excelsum) is a New Zealand endemic shrub or small tree found particularly in coastal areas.

Kidney fern (Hymenophyllum nephrophyllum)

Hymenophyllum nephrophyllum is a small native fern with distinctive round kidney shaped fronds, found throughout New Zealand in native forests.

Kiokio (Blechnum novae-zelandiae)

Kiokio (Blechnum novae-zelandiae) is one of the commonest and widely distributed of New Zealand's ferns.

Koromiko (Hebe salicifolia)

Koromiko is a common native shrub growing to 2-3m found throughout the South Island. It is an important plant in Māori medicine.

Leather leaf fern (Pyrrosia elaeagnifolia)

Pyrrosia elaeagnifolia is an endemic fern found throughout New Zealand, growing as an epiphyte on trees, also rock faces an artificial structures.

Matagouri (Discaria toumatou)

Matagouri (Discaria toumatou) is New Zealand's only endemic plant with thorns, common in tussock grasslands of the South Island, particularly east of the Main Divide.

Mountain violet (Viola cunninghamii)

New Zealand has several plant species in the violet family including the Mountain violet (Viola cunninghamii)

Necklace fern (Asplenium flabellifolium)

Asplenium flabellifolium is a widely distributed small fern indigenous to New Zealand and Australia.

Nikau Palm

The Nikau Palm (Phopalostylis sapida) is the world's southernmost Palm species.


Patotara is a small shrub endemic to New Zealand, found throughout the country from coastal to alpine regions.

Pink Broom

Carmichaelia carmichaeliae is one of several indigenous broom species found naturally only in Marlborough.


Poroporo is a native shrub in the Solanaceae (nightshade) family, found throughout New Zealand

Raupō (Typha orientalis)

Raupō is a distinctive wetland plant native to New Zealand, but also found in Asia.

Marlborough Rock Daisy

Marlborough's iconic daisy is a tenacious shrubby plant with magnificent daisy flowers, often found clinging to sheer rock faces throughout Marlborough.

Salicornia quinqueflora

Salicornia quinqueflora is a low growing succulent found in coastal regions, particularly salt marshes around New Zealand.

Tanekaha/Celery Pine(Phyllocladus trichomanoides)

Tanekaha/Celery Pine(Phyllocladus trichomanoides) is a member of the Podocarp family found throughout the North Island to the north of the South Island of New Zealand.

Tauhinu (Ozothamnus leptophyllus)

Tauhinu (Ozothamnus leptophyllus) is a common New Zealand native shrub with small silvery grey leaves, common in sunny and dry habitats.


A rare Hebe species found in the Marlborough region

Turutu (Dianella nigra)

Turutu (Dianella nigra) is a New Zealand endemic plant found in a variety of habitats with distinctive bluish purple poisonous berries.

Wahlenbergia violacea

Wahlenbergia violacea or violet harebell is an indigenous flowering plant found throughout New Zealand, typically on clay soil.

Weeping Broom

Chordospartium stevensonii is an endemic tree broom with pink flowers, found naturally only in eastern Marlborough, but popular as a garden plant internationally.