Astelia grandis
(Kakaha, Swamp Astelia)

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Astelia grandis
(Kakaha, Swamp Astelia)

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Foliage Colour: Green
Growth Rate: Medium
Mature Height: 2 m
Mature Width: 2 m
Site Condition: Frost Tolerant, Heavy Soil, Loamy Soil, Waterways
Sun: Full Sun, Part Shade
Drainage: Moist, Wet
Category: Flax
Features: Native. Attractive to birds and lizards. Flower colour: White. Fruit colour: Orange. Suitable restoration species.

Astelia grandis, or Kakaha, is the largest of our Astelias, growing to 2m much like Harakeke. It has very broad olive green leaves with a silvery sheen beneath and reddish-purple midribs. The leaves are more erect and less tapered than A.fragrans. Forms clumps to 2m. The Female has orange berries. As a result, the female plant is a good lizard and bird attractor. These sweet juicy berries are edible even when raw.

It is an understory plant in lowland swamp forests or Kahikatea forests, but it is found mostly in the warmer areas of the South Island. Dioecious, meaning male and female plants must be grown if seed is required

Habitata: Kakaha occupies a range of moist sites. It can be found on forest floors, cliffs, rock bluffs, lakeshore scarps and stream margins, as well as in swamps. Best in sheltered semi-shade.

Flowering: Spring [September - October]
Fruiting:    Summer [December to February]

Prices

  Each 20 or more
2l Pot $9.50 $9.00

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