It is a major threat to native plants and some Councils list it as a pest species. Nicholas Boyack, Dominion Post, Saturday 20 January 2106
The popular South African import
By Roger Childs
It’s flowering time for agapanthus and you may have the attractive white and purple-blue flowers in your garden at the moment.
But many exotaphobes regard it as a weed. Well, it’s not a native and is seen by some as a threat to our biodiversity.
Some local authorities have suggested to their citizens to root them out, but should all foreign plants in the country be wiped out?
Camelia originated in China and Japan and rhododendrons come from Europe and Japan. How about roses?
Biodiversity is what exists currently
biodiversity: diversity among and within plant and animal species in an environment. Dictionary.com
Some of the ecological and horticultural purists are obsessed with plants that are native to New Zealand and some even worry about trees like pohutukawa growing outside their heartland in the northern half of the North Island.
Surely our biodiversity is what we’ve got now: radiate pine, gorse, blackberry, poplars, the native forest and everything else that’s growing on our land.
Not to mention sheep, cattle, possums, blackbirds, stoats, trout and rats.
Wellington ecologist, Jamie Steer, argues that we have a moral responsibility to value introduced species as well as natives. However, there are other scientists who support eliminating “unwanted” plants and animals.
Enjoy the agapanthas!
These flowers have long been popular with gardeners and because of their powerful root systems they are great for holding banks together and growing along boundaries.
There is no question that highly developed agapanthus can be difficult to root out, however why move them if they have a role in your garden.
They are no more weeds than roses, camellias or rhododendron.
At this time of the year the distinctive flowers are a great sight! Enjoy!