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Astelia chathamica (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)
Astelia chathamica (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)

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Astelia chathamica

Silver Leaf

Evergreen, Perennials, Decorative fruit or berries

ASTELIA

Grown for their silky, silvery, straplike foliage, these increasingly popular evergreen perennials offer a handsome contrast to low, mounding plants or billowing grasses. They make a striking centerpiece in a big container 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

Shiny, silvery swordlike leaves 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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