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Astelias are often confused with Flaxes because of their leaf shape and growth habit. They are in fact a perennial herb and a member of the Lily family that is unique to the Pacific region but predominantly found in New Zealand. It may come as a surprise to know that Astelias are an epiphyte which means that they have a terrestrial habit and aerial roots. They can often be found growing on cliff faces or in the nook of a large tree branch.  

I was stunned when visiting a remote beach in Northland to see giant Astelia plants weighing down the branches of large Pohutakawa trees. I guess this reinforced one of the main cultural requirements of Astelias; they will not tolerate continuous cold, wet damp conditions or being planted to deep. Good air circulation around the plants is very important to avoid crown rot which is usually irreversible once it occurs. If using mulch in the garden never put the mulch directly against the base of an Astelia clump for the same reason.  




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Picture of Astelia Silver Spear


A stunning native cultivar that originates from the Chatham Islands. Strong broad swords of arching foliage toned a sensuous metallic silver. Use in groups for a bold dramatic statement. Tolerant of sun or part shade but hates "wet feet". Looks fabulous in a container. Hardy and evergreen.


Colour: Assorted
Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m

Astelia Silver Spear

Current Stock Height: 20 cm

Container: 1.3l  ? 


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Astelia C Silver Spear

Current Stock Height: 30/40cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 


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Wairere Nursery
826 Gordonton Road, R D 1, Hamilton 3281 Ph: (07) 824 3430 Email:     Open 7 days 8:30am-5pm