Silver spear

Astelia chathamica 'Silver Spear'

Silver spear - Astelia chathamica  'Silver Spear'

Common Name: Silver spear
Genus: Astelia
Species: chathamica
Cultivar: 'Silver Spear'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, A good architectural plant, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 1.20 m (120 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 2.00 m (200 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Green, Yellow
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: April & May

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

A superb architectural plant that adds drama and definition to a border. It has pointed spear-shaped leaves that look as though they have been dusted with silver. In mid to late spring, long stalks of pale yellowish green flowers may be produced from female plants followed by orange berries in the summer. It looks particularly good among grasses, purple-leaved plants or other plants with silver foliage. In cold winters in exposed areas it may need some protection as it is not fully hardy.

  • Garden care: Provide protection during cold winters and divide plants if necessary in April to May.