Rocky outcrops

The unusual whipcord daisy occurs only on the Otago Peninsula, at Sandymount and Cape Saunders. However, the everlasting daisy is more common. Red admiral butterflies alight on the warm rocks, their caterpillars’ feeding on stinging nettle leaves. Cook’s scurvy grass grows on a few rocky coastal cliffs. At Taiaroa Head the gull colony provides bare ground and plenty of guano fertiliser for this rare plant.