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Astelia grandis - Hook.f.

Common Name
Family Asteliaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Swampy, ± peaty soils from lowland to montane areas in North and South Islands, south to latitude 45°s[44]
Range New Zealand
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Astelia grandis


Astelia grandis

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Astelia grandis is a PERENNIAL growing to 2 m (6ft 7in). The species is dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required). . The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

A. nervosa grandis.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw. Sweet, fleshy and juicy, it is pleasant to eat[128]. The orange-coloured fruit is about 10mm in diameter[260].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Fibre

A soft brown fibre is obtained from the leaves. It has a variety of uses[46, 61].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Requires a damp humus-rich fertile soil in sun or semi-shade, sheltered from cold drying winds[200]. Prefers a moist soil and a cool position[260]. This species is not very cold-hardy. It tolerates temperatures down to about -3°cc, and possibly even lower for short periods[260]. It might succeed outdoors in the milder parts of the country. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.

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Propagation

Seed - sow late winter in a greenhouse. Germination can be very slow, sometimes taking more than 12 months. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in light shade for at least the first winter in a greenhouse. Plant out in late spring or early summer once they are 15cm or more tall. Division in spring[200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Astelia alpina Perennial0.3 -  LMHSNM20 
Astelia nervosa Perennial0.5 8-11  LMHSNM20 
Astelia solandri Perennial2.0 -  LMHSNM20 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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