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Astelia Photography
- New Zealand Kakaha, bush lily or bush flax

Astelia - Genus contains about 25 species of perennials with flax-like leaves.
13 Astelia species are endemic to New Zealand (native nowhere else).

 

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Astelia chathamica 'Silver Spear' photography

Silver Spear . New Zealand native bush lily cultivar from the Chatham Islands. The broad flax-like leaves have a very distinctive silver sheen, growing up to 2m long. Silver Spear overall height 1.5m, growing in sun or semi-shade.

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Astelia 'Westland' photographs

Bush Flax Cultivar. This New Zealand native Astelia cultivar has a compact habit with rigid arching leaves. The ribbed foliage on Astelai 'Westland' has several colourful tones, from gold-silver-rusty-copper.

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Astelia fragrans photography

Bush lily, bush flax, kakaha. New Zealand native Astelia, probably the most common species seen growing in scrub and forest throughout New Zealand. Broad green leaves to 2m long, orange berries on female plants.

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Astelia 'Alpine Ruby' photography

Bush lily, bush flax, kakaha cultivar. New Zealand native cultivar of Astelia nervosa. Similar to the species in terms of cultural requirements but with striking red foliage colouring best in full sun.

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Astelia nervosa photography

Mountain Astelia. New Zealand native Astelia species with variable leaf colouring, although most often silver. Found in lowland and montane grassland throughout New Zealand. Clumps vary in height from 1-2m tall.

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Astelia 'Red Devil' photography

Bush lily, bush flax, kakaha cultivar. New Zealand native Astelia cultivar with a compact habit and rich burgundy foliage.

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