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Astelia nivicola 'Red Devil' - Red Mountain Astelia

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Asteliaceae (Asparagales)
Origin: New Zealand (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: NA
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Astelia nivicola 'Red Devil' (Red Mountain Astelia) - A red-foliaged clustering evergreen perennial that has rosettes of 1-2 feet tall with 2 inch wide gradually-tapering and arching leaves that are a silver-gray and are flushed with red bronze colors and turn purple-red in winter, darker red with less silver overtones than Astelia nervosa 'Westland', and with a felty underside. Plant in part sun to light shade in a well-drained soil. Although this plant can take periods without water and is marketed as a drought tolerant plant in New Zealand, it looks better if given occasional to regular irrigation in our dry summers in California. Hardy to about 20-25 degrees F. This plant is listed as tolerating coastal conditions in New Zealand. Astelia nivicola is very similar to Astelia nervosa but has a brown felted underside of the leaf and comes from wet mountain meadows above 4,000 feet in the central to southern areas of the South Island of New Zealand. As with other Astelia the male and female flowers are on separate plants (Dioecious), neither are showy and are usually down in the foliage - we have yet to see this plant flower and can find no information on whether this selection is a male or female. There are 25 species of Astelia, 13 endemic to New Zealand. This plant was reportedly selected by Kaikoura Nurseries in New Zealand and was introduced in the US in 2010 by Ball Ornamentals. The genus name comes from combining the Greek words 'a' meaning "without" and 'stele' meaning a "trunk" or "pillar" in reference to these plants not forming a stem or trunk. The specific epithet comes from the Latin words 'nivi' or 'nivos' meaning "snow" and 'cola' meaning "inhabitant' or "dweller" in reference to this plants natural habitat. Astelia has long been considered part of the Liliaceae family but most recent treatment puts them in the Asteliaceae family in the Asparagales order with the relatively unknown genera Collospermum, Milligania and Neoastelia. We discontinued production on this plant in 2015.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Astelia nivicola 'Red Devil'.