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ASTELIA chathamica 'Silver Spear'

Striking silver, sword-like foliage, an excellent architectural plant for a patio tub or to lighten a dull corner
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  • Evergreen - arching, silver-scaly leaves to 1.5m (5ft) long.
  • Brown or black
  • Height - 1.2m (4ft)
  • Spread - 2m (6ft)
  • Medium shrub - Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height - clump-forming perennial. Flowers may be followed by orange berries on female plants
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Architectural interest -
  • Good to know - syn. A. chathamica, A. chathamica 'Silver Sword'. Looks stunning when spotlit at night.
  • Pests & Diseases - none.
  • Place of origin - New Zealand
  • Flower Shape - Panicles - - long-stalked panicles
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Australian / New Zealand -
  • Coastal / windswept
  • Patio / pot plants
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Leaf margin - Entire - see photos above
  • Leaf shape - Linear - see photos above
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - - peaty soil.
1.2m (4ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Watering Can
  2m (6ft)

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