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Herbaceous Perennial

Astelia nervosa 'Westland'

bush flax 'Westland'

A clump-forming, evergreen perennial to 1.2m tall and wide. The dark-green, silvery-bronze, arching, sword-like leaves can take on a red tint in cold weather

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Bronze Green Grey Silver
Summer Bronze Green Grey Silver
Autumn Bronze Green Grey Silver
Winter Bronze Green Grey Silver Red
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or East–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Asteliaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Astelia are clump-forming, rhizomatous evergreen perennials with arching, linear, keeled, silvery leaves and panicles of small, pale greenish or brown flowers, followed on female plants by orange or red berries

Name status

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grown in moist, but reasonably well-drained, fertile, peaty soil in full sun or partial shade and a sheltered spot. The foliage can be damaged by frost and prevailing cold winds. It may need winter protection

Propagation

Propagate by division

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Patio and container plants
Pruning

Remove or trim winter damaged foliage in spring

Pests

Generally trouble free

Diseases

Generally trouble free

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