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Astelia chathamica ‘Silver Spear’


‘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.

Common Name: Chatham Island Astelia

Family: Asteliaceae (The Astelia Family)

Zone Hardiness: 9-10

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun

Height: 4-6'

Width: 3-5'

Primary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Secondary Bloom Colour:

Class: Evergreen

Type: Tender

Bloom Time: Summer

Soil Moisture: Average, Moist, Dry

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No

Berries: Yes

Berries: Orange


Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

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

Award: AGM

Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Australasia

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