In early summer, throughout the older parts of historic Waikumete Cemetery, a diverse range of naturalised wildflowers appear.
This is the largest collection of these plants in New Zealand outside their home countries. Many of these flowers are the descendants of garden ornamental varieties planted on and around the graves.
Species include Ixia maculata, Sparaxis spp., Freesia refracta, a Romulea sp., Tritonia lineata, Scilla peruviana and a dwarf daffodil, Narcissus bulbocodium. In addition to these, ox-eye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) contribute significantly to the character of the area.
The wildflowers at Waikumete have been described as "a wonderland of intermingled plants from three separate regions of the world".
Waikumete Cemetery welcomes respectful visitors - take a wander through Waikumete and enjoy the wildflowers during November and December.