Olearia macrodonta – New Zealand Holly

For eleven months of the year I am ambivalent to the vast specimen of Olearia macrodonta lurking in No Man’s Land above the Potting Shed.  On certain days of dubious mood this shifts to sap lust and occasionally reaches the point of sharpening my pruning saw.  Now it is in flower I wonder what I was thinking.  Festooned with racemes of yellow-eyed daisies, it is almost impossible to see the spiny, leathery leaves that for the rest of the year make this a plant you really don’t want to hug.

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