Let us dazzle you with plants with animal-like features.
Every Saturday we will be posting pictures on our facebook page (external link) of plants with animal-like features. Have fun tracking them down in the Gardens. If you see anything special take a picture and post it!
So named for it's fluffy lilac-coloured 'tail'.
The closest you'll get to a real squirrel in Christchurch.
See if you can find this plant in the Heritage Rose Garden.
You'll find it flying around our jungle in Cuningham House.
Named Bird of Paradise because it looks like a tropical bird in flight. You can find this plant in Cuningham House.
Curious fact: In nature, this plant is pollinated by birds who land on the plant in search of nectar and fly away with pollen on their feathers. When they land on another plant, the pollen is deposited on the stigma.
This Cobra plant is a dead ringer for a rearing cobra snake. If you look closely you can even see a forked leaf that resembles fangs! All the better to catch insects with.
You can find this carnivorous plant in Gilpin House.
This slow-growing, shrubby South African climber closely resembles it's namesake - a body part from the world's giant land mammal.
The skin of the tuber is greyish-brown and ridged with plates of thick cork - some also say it looks like a tortoise shell.