Silver Spear Astelia

Astelia chathamica 'Silver Spear'

A large, upright, rosette comprised of long, silky, strap-like leaves with a pale green surface and silvery-white undersides. The bold, arching evergreen foliage creates a splendid architectural element for modern gardens and mixed containers, and provides a beautiful contrast to plants with dark-colored foliage.
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Filtered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical Pronunciationa-STEL-ee-uh chath-AM-ee-ka
Average Size at MaturitySlowly forms foliage clump 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSeldom produces flowers; prized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorSilver-green
Garden StyleContemporary, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Carpet Bugle (Ajuga); Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon); Barberry (Berberis); Sea Holly (Eryngium)

Best in enriched, well-drained, slightly acidic soil; adapts to a range of soil types. Shelter from harsh sun in hot southern regions. Water deeply, regularly to establish an extensive root system; tolerates moderate drought when established. May withstand colder temperatures with ample winter protection. Remove old, damaged foliage as needed.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-10

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