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(Astelia nervosa)

A. montana. A. nervosa montana.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Astelia nervosa

A soft brown fibre is obtained from the leaves. It has a variety of uses[173].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw. Sweet, fleshy and juicy, it is pleasant to eat[46, 61, 128, 173].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow late winter in a greenhouse. Germination can be very slow, sometimes taking more than 12 months. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in light shade for at least the first winter in a greenhouse. Plant out in late spring or early summer once they are 15cm or more tall. Division in spring[200].
Requires a damp humus-rich fertile soil in sun or semi-shade, sheltered from cold drying winds[166, 200]. Also succeeds in clay soils[187]. It only succeeds in a sunny position if the soil does not dry out[166, 200]. Plants are hardy to about -10¡c, but are best when grown in moist maritime gardens[187]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required. Plants seldom fruit in cultivation[187].
New Zealand.

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