Clump forming herbaceous plants related to lilies.
The diversity of the 13 species indicates plants are suited to most sites in gardens, however tropical tolerance is uncertain.
Some species prefer moist boggy conditions while others will tolerate dry situations.
Preferred growing condition is dappled shade, ideally beneath trees.
Apply fertiliser in spring and autumn.
There seems to be mainly one type of this plant in common cultivation.
A. chathamica 'Silver Spear' – a beautiful foliaged plant prized for the silvery green leaves and attractive clumping habit. Easy to grow in a range of soils. It is tolerant of a wide range of conditions but prefers part shade. Grows to 1.5m X 1.5m
Astelia are prone to crown rot so ensure it is planted slightly higher than the surrounding soil. Do not place thick mulch near the crown.