Clump forming evergreen perennial that comes from the tussock grasslands of the central North Island of New Zealand. The Westland varietal has silvery bronze foliage that becomes red tinged in colder weather. As with other Astelia the male and female flowers are on separate plants (Dioecious), neither are showy and are usually down in the foliage.
Pronunciation: a-STEL-ee-a ner-VO-suh
Species Meaning: nervosa means "veined" in reference to the 1 or 2 prominent veins on either side of the midrib visible on the lower surface.
Astelia nervosa is native to New Zealand.
Plant in part sun to light shade in a well-drained soil. Although this plant can take periods without water and is marketed as a drought tolerant plant in New Zealand, it may look better if given some irrigation during summer. This plant is listed as tolerating coastal conditions in New Zealand.
This plant was introduced in the US in 2010 by Ball Ornamentals.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P20133
In the main path close to the road.
We acquired this plant from Bear Valley Nursery.