Common Name: Astelia
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Soil type: Moist
Time to plant: March to May
A New Zealand native, this species astelia is grown for the tussocks of arching leaves and not for the panicles of small flowers which emerge from the rosette of leaves. Growing up to 2m tall this plant has eye-catching, silver-green, strappy leaves. It grows on rocks and banks as an epiphyte. The greenish flowers are followed by purple fruit which was traditionally eaten by the Maoris.
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