(Astelia solandri)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Astelia solandri
Asteliaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

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

    The base of the flowering stem can be eaten[173].

    An oil in the seed contains 25% gamma-linoleic acid, this compares with only 9% in evening primrose oil[153].

  • 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[200]. An epiphyte, growing in the branches of tall trees[200]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10¡c, perhaps even lower if given shelter from cold drying winds[200]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
New Zealand

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