Lobster Claw Flower / Kaka Parrot Beak
Clianthus Puniceus is a native to the North Island of New Zealand. It is an evergreen scrambling shrub, with dark green pinnate leaves.
It produces clusters of unusual bright red flowers usually around 8 cm long, resembling the beak of a parrot. It flowers from spring through to early summer, but can flower twice a year.
Grows to a height and spread of around 2 meters.
Should be planted in a sheltered area with plenty of sun and protected from frosts.
Minimum winter temperature around 4°C will ensure an early flowering, can resist temperatures down to -5°C for short periods.