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Fantastic article by a Russian author on off-limit Campbell Island's megaherbs. The NZ Gov. got rid of the rats which almost wiped out the megaherbs, once gone the megaherbs came down from their last refuges on inaccessible mt. cliffs and started re-populatin their former territory within 3 years. Heartening and mind-boggling.

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Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:14 pm
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Wow nice link John those pictures are superb what fantstic plants and probably growing in the only place that they would thrive in but I would still like to have a stab at replicating that climate.


Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:52 pm
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the first pic reminds me of a certain roof garden

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Now that's my idea of paradise.


Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:45 pm
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For some reason my computer will not let me access the article again to read if the names of any of those plants are mentioned. However, if they are not, for those interested and for people like me who have never heard of these megaherbs, wiki names them. I especially like the pleurophyllum. I have never heard of this plant but it is certainly a stunner.


Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:11 am
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All the plants are impossible to grow elsewhere, thought I heard someone on the Hebrides had minimal success with one plant (=maybe the Bulbinella), but it's likely too warm even there for these plants, as well they need rich volcanic soils.

Yes the plants are listed on Wiki as you say.

Also google MacQuarrie Island which has a few more exotics including a Metroseideros. The success there came more slowly due to bad weather and rabbits were there as well, with trained dogs they eliminated them - quite a read on that aspect. The rat poison drop had a horrible mishap.

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Love the picture of the kakariki parrot! We used to breed them and had them breed and hatch eggs at -10C in 2010 winter, not bad for a parrot!

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Kev Spence wrote:
Wow nice link John those pictures are superb what fantstic plants and probably growing in the only place that they would thrive in but I would still like to have a stab at replicating that climate.


Replicate? Sounds like the Welsh coast to me. :D

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Would you think the Faroe, Shetland or Iceland would all be too cold and/or warm or lacking proper soil?

Friend said he saw a few megas in a special cold-wind house they had erected in the Hobart BG and the plants looked dreadful. May have been part of the scheme to get them back to McQuarrie Island as some plants were getting to critical levels before the extermination attempts started in earnest. They apparently had raised some backups by seed at HBG, I hope they got them back to McQuarrie Is. in time.


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Sat Feb 18, 2017 5:04 pm
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In a way it is good that some plants remain impossible to grow outside their natural domain. It makes them special ... although I wouldn't have said no to some of those beauties.


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Thanks so much for posting this link. Gorgeous images of amazing plants truly "at the ends of the earth".

Yes, I can imagine if they would survive in northern Europe, they would face seed collecting pressure.

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Such beautiful images, thanks John for finding that story. Made me reflect on this gardening lark, what we try to achieve nature; if left alone, exceeds by a mile. Quite stunning.

Having said that............. I was also thinking that if my now branched Cordyline indivisa continues to grow and thrive maybe where I live will support some of these beautiful plants, it's foggy here 3/4 of the year maybe that's what they like. I'd love to try some of them!


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Some might survive in foggiest coastal areas of northern California..if watered all summer. There is one that is sold- whats the one with the yellow flowers and shiny green leaves on white stems? Seen it for sale. I think Kev has one too. From one of those islands.


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Likely one of the S. African spp. rather than B. rossii.


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Stan wrote:
Some might survive in foggiest coastal areas of northern California..if watered all summer. There is one that is sold- whats the one with the yellow flowers and shiny green leaves on white stems? Seen it for sale. I think Kev has one too. From one of those islands.


I think you maybe referring to my Espeletia Stan, sadly it is no more, I managed a good few years before it died and would deffo give that another go but this is endemic to Colombia

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