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Astelia chathamica

Silver Spear

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Key information

Flower colour

Light green


Dramatic foliage


Half hardy

Skill level


photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (25108)

Plant details

This clump-forming perennial is grown for its dramatic silver foliage. The leaves are spear-shaped, similar to those of phormiums. Long stalks of pale green flowers appear in spring, and orange berries in autumn. It can reach 1.2m and makes a good architectural plant and focal point in a garden. It looks good planted alongside purple-leaved plants like Phormium 'Bronze Baby'. Being half-hardy it may need some winter protection.

Family: Asteliaceae

Genus: Astelia

Species: chathamica

Flower colour: Light green

Foliage colour: Silver

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 200cm

Spread: 120cm

Time to divide plants: April to May

Flowering period: April to May

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