Manuka is an evergreen with small, dense branching leaves. The flowers are white (sometimes pink) with 5 petals. The leaves are prickly. Often one of the first plants to grow back after land has been cleared.
Traditional Folklore & Uses
Manuka has been used since pre-European times by the Maori, the native people of New Zealand. A decoction was made from the leaves, and was ingested for urinary complaints, as well as used topically on aching muscles and joints. The steam was inhaled for treating colds. Chewing the bark is believed to have a sedative effect that enhances sleep. Parakeets eat the bark & leaves to rid themselves of parasites.