Kaihua or New Zealand jasmine is an evergreen vine that is endemic to NZ. It can be found on lowland forest margins where it flowers profusely in spring. The sweetly perfumed flowers may continue to appear in summer and autumn, and are attractive to certain insects. Leaf shape is highly variable in its juvenile stages, becoming more consistent as it takes adult form.
In cultivation, Parsonsia heterophylla is a highly adaptable and attractive garden plant both for its foliage and flowers, and a desirable alternative to exotic (and sometimes invasive) vine species.
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