Kōwhai (Sophora microphylla)

Kōwhai is made up of 8 species of trees all with varying heights and leaf sizes. One of only a few deciduous plants in New Zealand, Tui’s love its nectar when in bloom and will fight madly between themselves for certain trees. This makes it hard to identify in spring without its stunning flowers and small green leaves. Note: Kōwhai is poisonous and should never be ingested internally.



  • The inner bark of Kōwhai is used to treat sprains, bruises, broken bones and aching muscles. Boil the bark in water then apply to the affected area.


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