PACHYSTEGIA INSIGNIS OR SHOULD WE SAY MARLBOROUGH ROCK DAISY
This little number appearing in gardens around town hasn't had to venture far - it is endemic to the ranges of eastern Marlborough and can be easily spotted along the Kaikoura coastline.
The 'Marlborough Rock Daisy' is a hardy little soul (it has to be as it naturally clings to Kaikoura rock faces); that has striking silver grey, sometimes almost white looking rounded leaves. In summer, large white daisy-like flowers complement the silky, silvery leaves. Whether it is planted en masse amongst other natives or planted as a speciment, its leaf toning and daisy flowers will become a centre of attention. Its conditioning to its natural habitat make it extremely tolerant to strong winds. To thrive in the home garden, plant in a sunny, well drained spot and it will grow to approx 60 cm by 60 cm. This is one toughie that wont disappoint!