Astelia ‘Red Shadow’

Astelia ‘Red Shadow’

Red Maori Flax, Red Mountain Flax.

£17.99

Pot Size:

3Ltr

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SKU: 98456204

Description

Family Asteliaceae
Originating from New Zealand.

  • Outstanding low-growing evergreen red and purple flushed spiky foliage.
  • Ground covering clumps rarely produce small flowers followed by red/orange berries.
  • Easy to grow in sun or shade except in alkaline or heavy wet soil.

A truly exceptional and indispensable support plant, making architectural and colourful clumps of dusky red/purple flushed arching evergreen leaves. It quietly goes about its business of making bushy, abundant mounds of ground cover in the least hospitable conditions, yet, it does this in style with seasonal variations in leaf colour, from intense red tones in winter and spring to purple-flushed silver and green in summer. Each leaf blade is slightly pleated along its length, adding texture to the subtly varied colours of the foliage.

It underpins planting schemes by ground covering around taller plants, even right at their base. Unfussed by dry soil and root competition. It is very useful in transitional areas between full sun and shade; where planting styles change from spiky to lush woodland or jungle. It looks equally at home with Nolina nelsonii or Dasylirion quadrangulatum, Agave salmiana var. ferox or Agave Macroacantha, as it does in an understory role below Dicksonia Antarctica, Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’ or Fatsia japonica.

Happy in full sun or shade and in pots, in its native habitat it grows as an epiphyte on the branches of trees, providing a hint as to the origins of its adaptability to dry shade. In our Mediterranean display gardens at Urban Jungle Suffolk, we have planted it right at the base of ancient Olea Europaea in the shade of its crown, and also in full sun around Agave bracteosa and Hesperaloe parviflora.

We have seen well-established plants, grown in less arid and challenging positions, attain much larger sizes, up to 1.5m high and arching to 2m wide, although these may have been exceptional specimens. This new variety and others bred from the species Astelia nervosa, such as Astelia ‘Silver Shadow’, may turn out to grow to similar sizes in favourable conditions, although this is unknown, due to its recent introduction. So far they have proved themselves in our gardens to be cold hardier than other Astelia species, especially A. Banksii.

Height and spread after 5 – 10 years 75cm x 75cm.

Urban Jungle Suffolk

London Road, Weston,
Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 8TT
Opening hours
Nursery 10am to 5pm. March-October
10am to 4pm or dusk if earlier. November-February
Café 10am to 4pm. March-October
10am to 3pm. November-February
Garden Centre Telephone: 01502 219110
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Urban Jungle Norfolk

Ringland Lane, Old Costessey,
Norwich, Norfolk NR8 5BG
Opening hours
Nursery 10am to 5pm. March-October
10am to 4pm or dusk if earlier. November-February
Café 10am to 4pm. March-October
10am to 3pm. November-February
Garden Centre Telephone: 01603 744997
Cafe Telephone: 01603 857196
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