A mat-forming perennial with a woody base and herbaceous stems, occurring as a naturalised garden escape on barish ground such as banks, roadside verges, pathsides and waste ground; also introduced with wool shoddy. Some populations are very persistent. Lowland.
This species is popular in gardens for its creeping, bronze-tinted foliage and was recorded in the wild in Britain in 1914 (Mid-W. Yorks.). It has been confused with A. novae-zelandiae and remains uncommon.
Native of New Zealand.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.