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Astelia alpina - R.Br.
                 
Common Name
Family Asteliaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Mountain moorlands, especially in boggy situations, in the alpine and sub-alpine zones[154].
Range Australia - New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Astelia alpina


Astelia alpina
   
Physical Characteristics
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Astelia alpina is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft). The flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required)The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit;  Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw. Sweet, fleshy and juicy, it is pleasant to eat[144, 154, 157, 173]. Leaf base[154, 173]. No more details.
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it could succeed outdoors at least in the milder parts of this country. It survives temperatures down to at least -7°c in Australian gardens[157] but this cannot be directly translated to British gardens because of our cooler summers and longer colder and wetter winters. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Requires a damp humus-rich fertile soil in sun or semi-shade, sheltered from cold drying winds[200]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
Propagation
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].
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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