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Silver Spear

Astelia spp.

Also known as

Silver Spear Plant

Astelia chathamica - McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens - DSC02983 by Daderot (CC0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Tender

10b

USDA zone

2°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Silver Spear Overview

The genus Astelia is comprised of roughly 26 rhizomatous, clumping perennials, some of which are epiphytic. Many are endemic to New Zealand. The main reason for cultivation is the foliage, which is long, sword-shaped, silver-green and may be variegated. These plants are commonly known as Silver Spear. Flowers are small, green, yellow or brown-purple and borne from the base of the plant in spikes.

How to propagate Silver Spear

Division

By seed or division in spring.

Seed

Other uses of Silver Spear

Grown for their foliage.