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Plant to support lizards

Whakatō hei tokonga mahi tiaki mokomoko

What lizards need

Lizards need places where they can hide when hunting, feeding and resting.

They have a strong sense of smell, so highly scented flowers attract them.

As lizards are mainly nocturnal, these flowers are generally not colourful.

What to plant

Plant small trees and shrubs in tight, closely spaced groups.

Plant larger trees and shrubs with an underplanting to minimise open areas. This will provide shelter and refuge.

Plants that attract lizards include:

  • Toe toe
  • Carex species
  • Ti kouka
  • Coprosma species
  • Creeping fuchsia
  • Harakeke
  • Kānuka
  • Mingimingi.

For more information, see the following brochure.

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