Dwarf New Zealand tea tree or sometimes known as Manuka myrtle (Leptospermum scoparium). It’s an evergreen shrub which grows 2 ft. tall and wide and blooms in the spring with a burst of vibrant dainty flowers and wild twisting branches.
When Captain Cook was exploring Australia and New Zealand he made tea from the leaves on this plant to ward off scurvy.
This species has an interesting history as New Zealanders considered this plant to be a toxic weed and did everything they could to destroy it! Today we have learned that not only is manuka used in various conservation projects – it looks after the next generation of plants and help them to develop into a future forest – but the honey made from the nectar of this shrub can be used to treat infections like MRSA. You know MRSA; you go into the hospital with four limbs and come out with three from an infection. Stay away from those death traps and eat manuka honey instead but I digress…
Published by Amy on: Jun 13, 2017