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Colenso's Spaniard, Wild Spaniard

Aciphylla colensoi

Family: Apiaceae (ay-pee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aciphylla (a-KY-fil-luh) (Info)
Species: colensoi (co-len-SO-ee) (Info)

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Jan 17, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is usually called giant speargrass.

A perennial forming large rosettes of sword-shaped leaves with sharp terminal spines, to 3' across and 18" tall. Thick bright yellow flower stems, also heavily armed, rise over the foliage to 3' or more.

This is a New Zealand endemic, from montane to subalpine grasslands at elevations of 900-1500 m. It looks like a yucca or aloe, but hates hot summers and can fill the same garden niche in cool continental or oceanic climates like the Pacific Northwest or the British Isles.

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