Astelia chathamica

Astelia chathamica

Silver spear

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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

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Plant does flower in August

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Fruits
Fruits

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Plant does fruit in October

Plant does fruit in November

Plant does not fruit in December

  • Botanical name: Astelia chathamica
  • Common name: Silver spear
  • Family: Asteliaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Evergreen

Silver spear, Astelia chathamica, is a clump-forming perennial grown for its dramatic silver foliage. The leaves are spear-shaped, similar to those of phormiums, and are complemented by long stalks of pale green flowers in summer, followed by orange berries in autumn. It makes a good architectural plant and is ideal for growing in a mixed herbaceous border or as a focal point in its own right. Grow alongside purple-leaved plants such as Phormium ‘Bronze Baby’.

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For best results grow Astelia chathamica in a sheltered spot in moist but well-drained, fertile soil in full sun or partial shade. Being half-hardy, its leaves may be damaged by frost, and it may need winter protection in northern regions.

How to grow Astelia chathamica

  • Plant size

    1.5m height

    100cm spread

  • Aspect

    East facing, south facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Frost hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Sow
Sow

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Do not Sow in September

Do Sow in October

Do Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

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Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

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Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Fruits
Fruits

Plant does not fruit in January

Plant does not fruit in February

Plant does not fruit in March

Plant does not fruit in April

Plant does not fruit in May

Plant does not fruit in June

Plant does not fruit in July

Plant does not fruit in August

Plant does fruit in September

Plant does fruit in October

Plant does fruit in November

Plant does not fruit in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

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Do Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do Divide in May

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Do not Divide in October

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Do not Divide in December

Collect seeds
Collect seeds

Do not Collect seeds in January

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Do not Collect seeds in March

Do not Collect seeds in April

Do not Collect seeds in May

Do not Collect seeds in June

Do not Collect seeds in July

Do not Collect seeds in August

Do not Collect seeds in September

Do Collect seeds in October

Do Collect seeds in November

Do not Collect seeds in December

Astelia chathamica and wildlife

Astelia chathamica has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Astelia chathamica poisonous?

Astelia chathamica has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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