Also known as a lobster claw, Clianthus is a bushy, small, evergreen shrub native to New Zealand’s North Island from the Fabaceae (legume) family.

Clianthus Flowers

Usually, the Clianthus genus contains just two species[1]: Clianthus punicens and Clianthus damieri, often called Clianthus formosus. The deep-green to gray-green leaves are 6-inches long and divided into 15 to 20 pairs of leaflets.

Clianthus Flowers

In late spring and early summer, Clianthus produces groups of 15 to 25 red to bright red waxy flowers that are 3-inches long and resemble the lobster claw or beak of a parrot, which explains the common names.

Kakabeak Flowers

In New Zealand, the plant is named after the native parrot, Kakabeak. The parrot’s beak is a good choice for growing on a trellis or wall due to its extensive growth. It’s a short-lived plant, but it reproduces quickly.

Lobster Claw

Suggested Reading: Types of Flowering Trees

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Key References
  • [1]“Clianthus”. Accessed November 20, 2021. Link.


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