Project Description

Alternative Names:

  • Parataniwha
  • Native Begonia
  • Winkled Elatostema
  • New Zealand Begonia

A member of the nettle family, Elatostema rugosum is a herbaceous ground cover plant. It grows up to at 1m tall in wet shaded areas such as damp shady streamsides and gullies. It can form large colonies and is often the dominant groundcover vegetation. The distinctive rough leaves are bronze, green and purple in colour.


  • Median Height: 1m tall