Astelia Banksii

Hen & Chicken Fern

This is a native fern with glossy emerald green arching fronds, common in forests throughout New Zealand. This is one of the most popular and widely available ferns, and looks stunning mass planted. Check out how it is used effectively on our Facebook page in the Herne Bay garden. The mature fronds have small bulbils which form new plants.
They generally reach a height/width of 600mmx600mm, they prefer shade but respond well to dappled shade. Make sure the soil is rich compost and is kept moist. They can be frost tender and a sheltered position is ideal.