Astelia banksii

Scientific name: Astelia banksii


Common names: “Shore astelia” “Wharawhara” “Coastal astelia”

Plant Type: Evergreen perennial


Zone: 9-11 – bring indoors for the winter

Light: Full sun – part shade

Exposure: Sheltered, seaside conditions

Soil: Fertile

Moisture: Moist well drained, drought tolerant once established


Plant Size: H 12″ W 18″ in Victoria, but H 3-6′ W 5′ in warmer climates

Leaf and Stem shape: Silvery, sword-shaped leaves

Flower: Panicles of small, pale greenish or brown flowers, followed on female plants by orange or red berries

Pruning: N/a

Maintenance: Remove or trim winter damage in the spring

Landscape use: Foliage plant, oceanfront planting

Propagate: By division and seed

Pests & Disease: None

*Deer resistant

Comments: Named after Joseph Banks, must be brought inside for the winter

Cultivars: A. chathamica (~AGM) & A. nervosta – zone 8-9


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