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Astelia chathamica ‘Silver Spear’
Common Name: Chatham Island Astelia Family: Asteliaceae (The Astelia Family)

‘Silver Spear’ is a selection from the endangered Chatham Island astelia, endemic to these subantarctic islands near New Zealand. It's an extremely ornamental plant with flax-like leaves sporting an amazing satin-silver-metalic sheen! Offers drama in spades. So very close to being hardy here but not quite. It has taken minus 10 Celsius in our unheated greenhouse but can't freezing combined with rain and wind. Best kept above zero and on the dry side. Worth every effort.


Geogrpahical Origin:
Asia and the Pacific - Australasia

Native Habitat:
Forest floors, cliffs, rock bluffs, lakeshore scarps, stream margins and swamps.

ClassEvergreen Primary Bloom ColourYellow
TypeTender Secondary Bloom Colour
Height4-6' Bloom TimeSummer
Spread3-5' FragranceNo
Light ExposureSun Part Sun Foliage ColourSilver
Soil MoistureAverage Moist Dry Stem Colour
Hardiness9-10 BerriesYes
BC NativeNo

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