Position – Sun or part shade
Soil – Moist, well-drained
Flowering Period – Summer
Hardiness – Hardy to half hardy
Astelia are evergreen perennials with slender, sword-shaped arching leaves etched with attractive silvery and pale green stripes. Clusters of pale green or brown flowers can be seen during the summer and on female plants are often followed by orange or red berries. They are best planted in an architectural or courtyard garden. You should expect to see Astelia grow to an approximate height of 1.5m (5’) and a spread of 1m (3’).
Astelia are best planted in moist, well-drained soil of clay and loam. At the time of planting, incorporate a thick layer of leaf mould mulch and mix in well to the native soil. Position in an area of full sun or part shade, removing any debris around the base of the planting area and ensure that they are in a sheltered position, protected from wind and other adverse weather conditions.
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