koru-2How gorgeous and strong are these koru’s. They certainly live up to what they symbolize – new life, growth, strength….

Found this plant on a recent walk, it is part way down a bank so couldn’t actually get too close to it for photos.

The Silver tree-fern or silver fern (Cyathea dealbata), also known as ponga or punga (from Māori kaponga or ponga), is a species of medium-sized tree fern, endemic to New Zealand.

The koru (Māori for “loop”) is a spiral shape based on the shape of a new unfurling silver fern frond and symbolizing new life, growth, strength and peace.

The earliest use of the silver fern as an official national symbol was by the New Zealand Army during the Second Boer War.