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Astelia Nervosa ‘Westland’ is commonly known as Bush flax ‘Westland’

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This plant is commonly known as Bush flax ‘Westland’ and it belongs to genus Astelia. These plants belong to the family, Asteliaceae.

Overview of Astelia Nervosa ‘Westland’

• It is an evergreen perennial.
• It forms silvery, arching sword-like leaves.
• These leaves have a tendency to turn red in cold weather.
• Its habit is clump-forming.
• It is also known as mountain astelia.
• It is an herbaceous plant.
• It is a native to New Zealand.
• It has long, flexible and leathery leaves.
• Originally they are light green and grey in colour.
• The blossoms are light brown to red in colour.
• The fruit after maturing is generally orange.
• It’s found in lowland to low alpine areas.
• They range from the southern North Island south to Stewart Island.
• This plant can grow up to a height of 2-4 feet.
• It width is about 2 to 3 inches.
• The temperature it needs to grow well is about 20-25 degrees F.

Scientific Classification of Astelia Nervosa ‘Westland’

• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Monocots
• Order : Asparagales
• Family : Asteliaceae
• Genus : Astelia
• Species : A. nervosa
• Binomial name : Astelia nervosa

Growing/Caring conditions

Cultivation details
• It needs a moist humus-rich fertile soil to grow well.
• It needs sunlight or semi-shade to thrive well.
• It is protected from cold drying wind gusts.
• It is also is successful in clay soils.
• It only is successful in a sunny place if the soil fails to dry out.
• These plants are sturdy to approximately -10°c.
• They are effective when developed in moist maritime gardens.
• They are dioecious in nature that is male and female flowers are separate.
• Male and female plants have to be grown if the seed is needed for cultivation or other uses.
• It grows fruit rarely when in cultivation.

• Seed is sown late winter in a greenhouse.
• Germination can be extremely slow.
• Occasionally, it takes a lot more than 12 months.
• When they are huge enough to cope with, prick the seedlings away into separate pots.
• You then cultivate them in light shade.
• Do so for the first winter season in a greenhouse.
• Plant out in late spring or perhaps early summer when they are 15cm or even more tall.
• Division in springtime.

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