6 responses to “Aciphylla squarrosa (tentative)”

  1. Beverley

    Aciphylla squarrosa – Z5 – RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths

  2. Michael F

    Zone 5 for a New Zealand native is highly improbable. I’d say zone 7 (for high alpine species on South Island) or 8 is more realistic.

  3. Maire Smith

    My book of native New Zealand edible plants reckons that Spaniards are edible, although it doesn’t give them a great rating on taste, I think.
    Can anyone explain the zones being discussed in previous comments a little?
    Spaniards certainly aren’t restricted to high-alpine areas in the South Island only – and Lanarch Castle is certainly not that high above sea level, really. It’s on a hill, but a hill in a port city. So I’m not sure I’m understanding what is meant about the zones.

  4. Michael F

    “reckons that Spaniards are edible” . . . must remember that next time I go to Spain!
    The zones are plant hardiness zones devised by the US Dept of Agriculture; the zone number is related to the average coldest temperature recorded each winter. Zone 5 means between -23°C and -29°C; as this is an average with half of winters colder-than-average, that means to be hardy in zone 5, a plant must be able to tolerate severe winters down to about -35°C or -40°C. Temperatures in New Zealand, even at high altitude, never get that cold, so NZ plants won’t have had the opportunity to evolve tolerance to it.
    The altitude of Lanarch Castle doesn’t matter as the plant is presumably planted there rather than growing wild, which is what matters in terms of the coldest temperatures a species is adapted to.

  5. Maire Smith

    Thanks very much. That makes lots of sense.

  6. Bobby

    The most common Maori name of this plant is ‘Karamea’.

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