Silver Spear

15 May

Silver Spear (Astelia), evergreen, slow spreading, 2-3 feet in height, long 2 inch wide green leaves, inconspicuous green flowers, sun to light shade, regular water, striking foliage plant.

Grown for their silky, silvery,strap-like foliage, these increasingly popular evergreen perennials offer a handsome contrast to low, mounding plants or billowing grasses. They make astriking centerpiece in a bigcontainer or a perennial border.Small spring flowers are borne in branched clusters on female plants but are not as showy as the berries that follow. Plants must have excellent drainage; they grow best in rich, acidic soil that is high in organic matter.

Astelia chathamica has shiny, silvery sword-like leaves that are 3–4 ft. long and 2–4 in. wide, forming a clump 4 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide. Small, cream-colored flowers are borne in clusters 20 in. tall; berries are orange.

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