Very tall, broad blades, soft but fairly strong. Pale green. In spring, kōrari are very purple and produce very tall, thin flower heads. In some old records, Wharanui is described as the common, coarse flax. On the East Coast it is known as a fine cultivar.
Soft and easy to use. Ideal for learners. Do not boil. An old lady in the Urewera told Rene that, with care, soft fibre may be produced. It was used for fine cloaks and baby wraps. A fine kete made with this harakeke looked like kiekie (Freycinetia baueriana).
|Muka extraction||Muka extracts well, para sticks. Produces medium amount of very soft fibre.|
|Raranga - unboiled||Leaf tips are easily split and damaged by wind. Soft and pliable leaves, ideal for beginners and small projects.|
|Rene Orchiston||Katarina Tawiri||Rob Smissen||Sue Scheele|